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 Kin

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 Kin

FILE - In this May 14, 2008 file photo, James Frey, author of "A Million Little Pieces," poses in the basement of the Blender Theater in New York. Fre

FILE - In this May 14, 2008 file photo, James Frey, author of "A Million Little Pieces," poses in the basement of the Blender Theater in New York. Fre

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."