'Wild' made smooth trip to big screen

December 18, 2014 1:03 PM

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In November 2011, Cheryl Strayed's memoir "Wild" was months away from arriving on bookstore shelves and entering bestseller lists the first week of its release. But for movie producers, the book was already a hot property.

Bill Pohlad, the Minneapolis producer behind such prestige films as "12 Years a Slave" and "Brokeback Mountain," was definitely in the market. Though he passes on plenty of pitches each year from established filmmakers, the publisher's galley of the new book struck a nerve. Strayed's riveting story ...

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