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Deal inked for film version of Harry Deitz's runaway best-seller "The Editor's Notebook"

 Laurence R. Harvey as Harry Deitz

Laurence R. Harvey as Harry Deitz

Hollywood — and Berks County — are abuzz today with news that Harry Deitz's collection of old columns, "The Editor's Notebook" has been optioned by a top production company and will be made into a major motion picture.

 Harry Dean Stanton as Harry Deitz Sr.

Harry Dean Stanton as Harry Deitz Sr.

"We are tremendously excited to acquire this hot property," said Menahem Globus of the recently reborn Cannon Group. "This will certainly be one of the hot family movies for Christmas 2016."

There was no word on much Cannon paid to option Deitz's volume, but it is believed to run well into two figures.

 Gilbert Gottfried as Peter Barbey

Gilbert Gottfried as Peter Barbey

The script will unfold in anthology form with Deitz reading six columns to his grandchildren, each of which will be dramatized. The stories will include the hunt for the ultimate flamingo lawn decoration, the lack of civility on Berks County roads and sidewalks, a typical Sunday morning at church, and Deitz obsessing over how everyone in the community is jealous of his stature as editor. A different director will helm each of the segments.

 John Waters as Bill Flippin

John Waters as Bill Flippin

First to sign on in the cast is Laurence R. Harvey as Deitz. Harvey is currently starring in the new horror flick "The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)."

"Harvey will bring a distinct magnetism to the part," Globus said.

Others in line for key roles include Harry Dean Stanton as Harry Deitz Sr.

"He definitely wants to do it," Stanton's agent said, "If he doesn't die first."

Reading Eagle CEO Peter Barbey will reportedly be portrayed by Gilbert Gottfried, and director John Waters — lured by the vast presence of flamingos — is line to both direct that episode and co-star as publisher Bill Flippin.

Albert Boscov will executive produce and reportedly make an appearance as Santa Claus during a dream sequence.

Copies of "The Editor's Notebook" were flying off the shelf with today's news.