Matthew Flamm
November 26, 1999 AT 05:00 AM EST

MAKE A WISH David Baldacci, best-selling thriller writer (Absolute Power, Saving Faith) is dabbling in a new genre: the romantic tearjerker. The next novel he delivers to Warner will be Wish You Well, about two New York City children sent to live in rural Virginia after losing their parents in a car crash. ”It is definitely different [for him],” admits Maureen Egen of Warner Books, which will publish the book in the fall. Wish is different in other ways, too: Originally written as a screenplay, it is now being turned into a novel.

SHRINK RAPPED Jennifer Miller has a stranger story to tell than anything she ever wrote for Roseanne. The Emmy Award-winning sitcom scribe signed a high-six-figure deal with St. Martin’s exec editor Jennifer Weis for The Day I Went Missing, a memoir about being successfully treated for depression by a therapist who turned out not to be a therapist at all, but a con artist.

MOE BETTER Mel Gibson really is a Three Stooges fan. Not only did he contribute the foreword to Doubleday’s The Three Stooges, Variety scribe Michael Fleming’s just-published illustrated history of the zany threesome, but he’s also coproducing a TV biopic based on the book. ”It’s not like I set out to turn a few of my movies into Stooges homages,” Gibson writes. ”It’s just that some of the films I’ve made…[had scenes] where there was heavy equipment and somebody getting brained pretty good.” Says executive producer Craig Zadan, whose Storyline Entertainment is coproducing with Gibson, ”It’s [the] untold story about what happened to these guys in Hollywood.” The ABC movie is tentatively set to air this spring.

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