Mendes and Winfrey Team on Netherland

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Focus Features has teamed with Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions and Sam Mendes’ Neal Street Productions to develop an adaptation of Joseph O’Neill’s novel “Netherland.”

Christopher Hampton (Atonement) will write the script for a film that Mendes may direct, says Variety.

Mendes and his Neal Street partner Pippa Harris will produce with Harpo’s Winfrey and Kate Forte.

“Netherland” won O’Neill the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. The novel is set in New York City, where a lonely Dutch expatriate becomes drawn to the sport of cricket and forms an unlikely bond to immigrant culture.

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