A Million Little Pieces: Infamous Fake Memoir, Upcoming Film

Sam Taylor-Johnson set to direct movie version of James Frey book
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2017 2:58 PM CDT
Oprah Winfrey interviews author James Frey in 2006.   (AP Photo/Harpo Productions, George Burns)

(Newser) – Filmmakers often struggle to decide what details from a true story they can change in the name of watchability. Something tells us that's not going to be a problem this time around. Variety reports a film version of James Frey's infamous memoir, A Million Little Pieces, is in the works. Frey's account of his struggles with drug addiction was a smash hit after making Oprah's book club in 2005, according to Salon. Oprah called it "like nothing you've ever read before." She apologized a year later after it was revealed the whole thing was fiction, invented by Frey. His publisher offered refunds to readers and added a disclaimer to the book. Now Sam Taylor-Johnson, director of Fifty Shades of Grey, is set to direct a film adaptation with her husband, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, attached to star. Salon thinks the project is timely, if nothing else: "A badly behaved white guy with a negligible relationship to facts—that's the story we've all been waiting for."

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