Atlanta author Karin Slaughter inks film deal, dishes on dream cast for “Martin Misunderstood”


Fans of Atlanta thriller writer Karin Slaughter may soon be lining up at the cinema to catch a film adaptation of her darkly humorous murder mystery, “Martin Misunderstood.”

The Southern-set novella has been optioned for a film by Amber Entertainment.

While “Misunderstood” has only been officially released in the states as an audio book read by “Seinfeld” actor Wayne Knight, the paperback is a runaway hit overseas in the United Kingdom, Germany and Holland.

Contacted while on a book tour in Mobile Thursday, Slaughter was thoughtful enough to pause a moment to give Intel her ideal casting choices for the film version.

Via her literary agent Victoria Sanders, Slaughter spilled: “Celia Imrie is my dream choice for [Detective] Anther [Albada]. She’s a wonderful British actress and a good friend of mine. I could also happily see Helen Mirren as Martin’s mother. She can do anything. As for [nebbish Southern Toilet Supply toiler] Martin, he’s tough to cast because he’s both sympathetic and yet very annoying.”

Slaughter’s many local admirers will have a chance to congratulate her in person tonight when she’ll appear on a “Race & Literature: Writing Across Racial Lines” panel discussion with Mara Shalhoup, Denene Millner and Aliya S. King at the Auburn Avenue Research Library’s 4th floor auditorium downtown at 7 p.m.

For details, go to the official library website.