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HarperCollins partners with moviemaking firm

NEW YORK — Another publisher is getting into the moviemaking game.

HarperCollins announced Monday that it had formed a "strategic partnership" with Sharp Independent, which has produced such films as "Boys Don't Cry," "Evening" and "The Night Listener."

Under a multiyear agreement, Sharp Independent at HarperCollins will be based at the publisher's Manhattan offices and will work with authors and agents on developing film versions of HarperCollins books.

"We are always looking for ways to give our authors' works greater visibility. Providing an avenue and competitive advantage in the film world is another example of this," Michael Morrison, president and group publisher of Harper/Morrow, which includes the HarperCollins and William Morrow divisions.

Harper/Morrow's many authors include Michael Chabon, Ann Patchett and Joyce Carol Oates.

Two years ago, Random House Inc. and Focus Films formed Random House Films, which this fall will release an adaptation of John Burnham Schwartz's "Reservation Road," starring Mark Ruffalo, Joaquin Phoenix and Jennifer Connelly.