What would Hollywood do if there were no books?

First up, Variety reports that New Regency has grabbed Isaac Asimov's The End of Eternity for a trip to the big screen. The time travel novel is set in a future where humanity is controlled by a ruling class called Eternity -- a lucky group who can alter history, remove undesirable people, the usual. But then one of the time cops falls for a girl back in time (like Somewhere in Time?)... I imagine we can expect a pretty big visual production with this puppy -- before a writer is chosen, the project is hunting for a director.

Next, The Hollywood Reporter posts that J. Saunders Elmore's debut novel The Amateur American has been picked up by Likely Story. A political thriller, the novel centers on an American expat in France who has a job translating for "a shadowy powerbroker" who "draws him into violent political intrigue, corruption, and murder." I tell ya -- no job is safe these days! Ross Katz will adapt and direct the book, which hits shelves next summer.

Finally, Thor Freudenthal is picking up more family-friendly material, according to Variety. He's going to direct Ian Ogilvy's Measle and the Wrathmonk for Warner Bros. -- a piece that was purchased four years ago. The tale centers on a young kid who gets sent to live with his eccentric uncle, who happens to be a wizard. Gee, is it any surprise that this is part of a trilogy? I wonder if it will come out just as Potter mania wraps up...