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Dec 31, 2012 9:46 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Tale Of The Serengeti Lives On

Dec 31, 2012 11:13 AM

The book is more relevant now than ever, Ms. Mulvihill-Decker said.

“Recently, there’s terrible threats to the Serengeti,” she said. “Serengeti National Park is under threat from this business corporation in a deal that could displace 48,000 indigenous Maasai, a tribal people, and opening it up for hunting of lions and leopards. Nothing would bother my father more than this. We really do hope they make the movie and create some added awareness to the needless slaughter of animals in that region. There’s nowhere like it on Earth.”

Since Mr. Abrams and Mr. Zoller optioned the book four months ago, the screenplay by writer Sean T. McElheny is well along its way, Ms. Mulvihill-Decker reported.

“When they get the screenplay just the way they want it, then they shop it to actors and try to attach as big a name to it as they can. I don’t know exactly who they have in mind,” she said, though she was tight-lipped when it came to any suggestions of her own.

Though it’s early in the process, Ms. Mulvihill-Decker and her mother, Mary, are “very excited,” she said, though they both wish the author was alive to see his book come to life. He died of pancreatic cancer in 2004, just three weeks after his diagnosis. He was 81.

“We were married 58 years. I typed all his notes in the old days,” his 88-year-old widow said while resting in the other room. “We’re very proud of him.”

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