The Dreyfus Affair: Universal TV Acquires Peter Lefcourt’s Novel for Series Adaptation

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The Dreyfus Affair: Universal TV Acquires Peter Lefcourt's Novel for Series Adaptation

The Dreyfus Affair: Universal TV Acquires Peter Lefcourt’s Novel for Series Adaptation

According to Deadline, Universal Television has acquired Peter Lefcourt’s novel The Dreyfus Affair: A Love Story to develop as a high-end television series with Oscar and Emmy winner David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Entourage, Dear Diary) attached to direct. Frankel will also co-write the pilot alongside Lefcourt.

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The acclaimed seriocomic novel, Lefcourt’s self-proclaimed “darkly comic look at homophobia in baseball,” is about a happily married, father of two, star shortstop Randy Dreyfus, who falls in love with his second baseman in the middle of a pennant race. Dreyfus’ affair creates reverberations for the World Series. In today’s world of sexual identity issues, that make headlines even on sports pages, the storyline is particularly relevant.

The Dreyfus Affair: A Love Story was first published in 1992 by Random House in hardcover before being published as a paperback by Harper Perennial in 1993. Lefcourt’s novel The Deal was previously adapted into a film starring William H. Macy and LL Cool J, and his television writing credits include Desperate Housewives, Cagney & Lacey, and more.

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Frankel and Lefcourt will executive produce The Dreyfus Affair.

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