Film critic Roger Ebert, shown in August 2011, died April 4. (Photo by Anne Ryan, USA TODAY)
By Susan Wloszczyna, USA TODAY
When his 2011 book, Life Itself: A Memoir, was published, movie critic Roger Ebert joked to USA TODAY that he hoped that Philip Seymour Hoffman would play him in the movie version. Well, that's not going to happen, but other A-listers have signed on to a documentary based on the book.
While waiting for a screening of Cloud Atlas, Ebert and his wife Chaz confirmed that director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and Oscar-winning screenwriter Steve Zaillian (Schindler's List) have optioned the rights to his memoir, and that Martin Scorcese will produce. Nice consolation prize for missing out on Hoffman.