Rene Steinke's 'Friendswood' in the works as movie

LOS ANGELES ( - Elizabeth Fowler ("Devil's Knot"), Susan Duff ("Material Girls") and Dannielle Thomas ("The Client List") have obtained movie rights to Rene Steinke's just-published novel "Friendswood."

The producers are out to screenwriters to adapt. 

"Friendswood," published by Riverhead Books, is set in a small Texas town and follows the interconnected lives of its inhabitants. When the town's legacy of tragedy -- a toxic leak that sickened and killed dozens a decade earlier -- begins to rear its head again, the community unravels. 

Madonna obtained screen rights to Steinke's "Holy Skirts," set in the world of the early 20th Century avant-garde movement. Steinke's debut novel "The Fires" was an exploration of the mind a pyromaniac.

Fowler is also developing the story of Roo! -- the mixed breed stray dog who won a prize at this year's Westminster Dog Show -- as a feature film.

PJ Mark of Janklow & Nesbit Associates reps Steinke and negotiated the deal on her behalf.