It was announced January 24th, 2006 that Miramax Films has acquired the North American rights to the Hart Sharp Entertainment and IFC Films co-production, "The Night Listener." The flick, directed and co-written by Patrick Stettner, is said to be of drama mystery thriller genre.
"Night Listener" tackles the narrative of Armistead Maupin's most haunting page-turner, in which popular public radio storyteller Gabriel Noone (Robin Williams) develops an intense phone relationship with a young listener named Pete (Rory Culkin) and the social worker who rescued him from a life of abuse (Toni Collette). But Gabriel soon comes to the startling realization that it is quite possible that neither the boy nor his painful account of his childhood really exist.
Based on the novel by Armistead Maupin, the film will be produced by Robert Kessel, Jeff Sharp, John Hart and Jill Footlick. Wrote the screenplay is Maupin, Terry Anderson and Stettner. Meanwhile, Maupin, Mike Hogan, Anderson, Jonathan Sehring and Caroline Kaplan are all set to executive produce.