'Positively Fifth Street' novel to come to big-screen

The poker world is booming, and it's not just casinos and online gambling sites that are benefiting. Adding to the growing list of books, television shows and movies taking advantage of the poker craze is the adaptation of the novel "Positively Fifth Street" into a movie.

John Ridley, who is a writer, producer and director and worked on films such as "Undercover Brother" and "Three Kings," said he'll be piloting the project to turn the James McManus novel into a movie this fall.

McManus' novel is a true story of his experience playing in the 2000 World Sereis of Poker (WSOP) Main Event, coming in fifth, after being sent to Las Vegas to write about the event. The book also covers the murder trial going on at the same time dealing with the death of Ted Binion who was murdered by his mistress.

"What's more Las Vegas than that? It'll make a really terrific, very adult film," Ridley said, adding that the novel has already been adapted into a screenplay and the next step is to get actors for the movie.

"Positively Fifth Street" will join movies such as "The Grand," scheduled to begin filming this month, "Deal," which recently wrapped filming in New Orleans, and "Lucky You," scheduled for release in September.

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