Don't tell Oprah: 'A Million Little Pieces' is now a movie

Don't tell Oprah: 'A Million Little Pieces' is now a movie
FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2018 file photo, director Sam Taylor-Johnson, left, and her actor husband Aaron Taylor-Johnson attend the gala for "Outlaw King" at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. James Frey’s “A Million Little Pieces,” once one of the most toxic properties in Hollywood, has been reborn on the big screen thanks to director Sam Taylor-Johnson and her husband, whom she wrote it with. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

TORONTO (AP) — James Frey’s “A Million Little Pieces,” once one of the most toxic properties in Hollywood, has been reborn on the big screen by director Sam Taylor-Johnson and her actor husband, Aaron, whom she wrote it with.

In even a movie world where “based on a true story” often has elastic meaning, a film about “A Million Little Pieces” is a surprise. After Frey admitted to partially fabricating or embellishing parts of his memoir about drug addiction, Oprah Winfrey, who had include Frey’s book in her book club, chastised him on television. The book’s publisher, Doubleday, offered refunds to readers.

But for Sam Taylor-Johnson, who helmed the adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” there was still truth in “A Million Little Pieces.”