Oprah Jumps Back Into the Movie Business

Sep. 17 2009, Published 6:10 a.m. ET

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Oprah Winfrey is setting her sights back onto the big screen. The media mogul is taking her book club love one step further by producing a film adaptation of a book she optioned last year.

Teaming up with Focus Features and director (and Kate Winslet hubby) Sam Mendes' Neal Street Productions, Winfrey -- through her company Harpo Productions -- will bring Netherland to movie theaters.

The book is set in New York City where a lonely Dutch expatriate forms a bond to immigrant culture when he becomes drawn to the sport of cricket.

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As always, Winfrey knows how to pick a winner and the film already has a bunch of Oscar-worthy muscle backing it. Penning the script is Christopher Hampton whose last project with Focus Features was Atonement which earned him an Academy Award nomination.


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