Stephan Lee
November 18, 2011 AT 05:00 AM EST

What Makes Sammy Run? by Bud Schulberg
Ben Stiller has championed the project since the 1990s.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Tartt is holding out for the dream offer.

The Alienist by Caleb Carr
The movie imploded over creative differences between Carr and the producers.

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
The award-winning novel is still in long-term development at HBO.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junor Díaz
In 2010 Díaz said the movie was ”up in the air.”

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