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

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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.

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