Wolfgang Petersen has been picked by Sony Studios to direct the film of Whitley’s novel “The Grays” (now out in paperback everywhere). Petersen has directed such hit films as “In the Line of Fire” (with Clint Eastwood), “Outbreak” (with Dustin Hoffman), “The Perfect Storm,” and “Troy.” Filming should start in the next few months. The earliest possible release date is summer 2008, with the summer of 2009 more likely.

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