It's just a one-line deal memo and yet it has the weight of a million paragraphs:
"Film director David Cronenberg's first novel, to Nicole Winstanley at Penguin Canada, in a pre-empt, by Andrew Wylie of The Wylie Agency."
Oh please live up to the promise. Please please please.
UPDATE: The Orlando Sentinel movie blog has a few more details, namely that the book won't be published until 2010 and that it is partially set in Toronto. Said Nicole Winstanley, Executive Editor at Penguin Group Canada: "I wrote David Cronenberg several months ago to inquire about whether or not he’d consider writing a novel. His films demonstrate a deep understanding of the human condition that could translate into fiction brilliantly so I’m delighted that he has decided to take this challenge on and I’m really looking forward to working with him."
UPDATE TWO: The Globe & Mail reports that the deal is "believed to be between low and mid-six figures" and that Winstanley bought Canadian rights "on the basis of a few pages."