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Keith Huff Sells Film Rights to 'Steady Rain'

It's been a solid few months for playwright Keith Huff.

First, A-list Hollywood talent Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman signed on to star in Huff's play, "A Steady Rain," which starts Broadway previews at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on Sept. 10. And now Huff has sold the film rights to James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. WIlson, who are also among the producers of the play.

Huff will adapt the screenplay. The deal is in the mid-six figures against $1 million.

The play's press notes describe "Rain" as "a new American play that tells the story of two Chicago cops who are lifelong friends and their differing accounts of a few harrowing days that changed their lives forever." The conflict stems from their involvement in a domestic dispute in a poor neighborhood.

"Rain" began its stage life in 2006 and had its professional world premiere in 2007 at Chicago Dramatists. The Broadway run, directed by John Crowley, will play a limited 12-week engagement through December 6. It opens Sept. 29.

This will be a Broadway debut for Craig, a Royal National Theatre vet in London who has also starred in the last two Bond films, "Casino Royale" and "Quantum of Solace," for Broccoli and Wilson.

Huff, who is repped by Gersh and John Bauman, has written two other plays, "The Detective's Wife" and "Tell Us of the Night," which complete a trilogy that begins with "Rain." Though Craig and Jackman have not been cast in the film version, the Bond producers may be eyeing a potential franchise for two stars with huge international appeal and proven dramatic chops.

Huff is also the author of the plays "Pursued by Happiness," "Gray City" and "The Bird and Mr. Banks."

Nielsen Business Media 

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