FRIENDSWOOD — A story based in Friendswood may make it to the silver screen someday.

Rene Steinke’s third novel, “Friendswood,” was released last week, and now Variety magazine reported the movie rights were obtained by producers Elizabeth Fowler, Susan Duff and Dannielle Thomas.

Steinke’s publisher, Riverhead Books, confirmed the news on its Twitter account. The producers are looking for screenwriters to turn the novel into a movie script.

The novel is set in a fictionalized Friendswood and deals with effects of an industrial leak that threatens the community and its residents.

“I started out wanting to write a fictional version of the town I grew up in,” Steinke told The Daily News in June. “The book was very much inspired by that place.”

There was no word on whether any part of the movie would be filmed in Friendswood.

This is the second time someone has bought the movie rights for one of Steinke’s novels. Madonna obtained the movie rights to Steinke’s second novel, “Holy Skirts.”

Contact reporter Christopher Smith Gonzalez at 409-683-5314 or


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