This is the story of two strangers. One is becoming a hot commodity as the work piles on. The other seems to be stepping out of the spotlight. Variety has reported that Carter Smith, who is directing the upcoming adaptation of Scott Smith's The Ruins, has scored his second book adaptation -- Come Closer by Sara Gran. The writer has three books to her name -- Saturn's Return, Come Closer and Dope, as well as a blog in which she's talked about her post-Katrina life in New Orleans. However, in her latest blog post, she's hanging up her keyboard and taking a break from her writing (check it out now, if you're interested, as she's planning to delete it at some point).

This isn't the first time the novel has tried to make its way to the big screen. It was originally a triller project for Dimension, with Hossein Amini tapped for the screenplay. However, once the Weinsteins left, the film slipped to the back burner and Amini moved on to other projects like Killshot. Smith's Bugcrush inspired Miramax executive David Greenbaum to revive it, and now Tristine Skyler will grab the pen (who was just attached to pen the Bell Jar screenplay). The book is about a woman named Amanda who finds her life unraveling under strange circumstances. A proposal given to her boss becomes a note with nasty comments. Her calm marriage becomes wrought with arguments. Either she's going crazy, or she's possessed by a beautiful, but evil, demon. That's always the way, isn't it? I think I might start using that excuse: "I can't help it! I'm possessed by a sexy demon!"