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Spokane Author's Book to Become Jack Black Movie!
Spokane Author's Book to Become Jack Black Movie!

The latest book by Spokane author Jess Walter will hit the big screen - and, a major Hollywood actor has signed on to be part of the project!

Ealing Metro International and Prescience will finance and sell worldwide rights on Bailout, based on Walter's book Financial Lives of the Poets. The movie will be directed by Michael Winterbottom and star Jack Black; shooting is scheduled to get underway in August.

Financial Lives follows an out of work newspaper reporter, saddled with debt and career uncertainty as the market tumbles. He meets some characters at a late-night gas station and enters into a shady business venture as he tries to save his home and his family. Though never specified, if you read the book, you'll wonder if it's set right here in Spokane. Walter also clearly draws on his experience as a reporter for the Spokesman-Review as he develops his main character, Matt Prior (who will be played by Black).

The book moves quickly with Walter-perfected dialogue. It's the kind of book that, when you turn the final page, you miss the characters and wish you could follow them into the next adventure. With a big personality like Black on board, the movie is sure to show up on screens nationwide. But, as always, it's much better to read the book first to really get a feel for the setting and the characters.

Walter has written five novels and the non-fiction thriller Every Knee Shall Bow, based on the events at Ruby Ridge. He grew up in Spokane, went to Eastern and still lives here with his wife and children. Check out his website for reviews, a bio and a section called "stuff I like."

I had a chance to interview Jess last fall and was so star-struck to be sitting knee-to-knee with one of my favorite authors, I probably sounded like an idiot for the duration of the discussion! But, Jess was awesome and gracious and eloquent - you can watch the stories here and here.

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