EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has acquired The Likeness, the Tana French novel that will be adapted by Stephanie Savage. She and Fake Empire partner Josh Schwartz will produce, and they acquired the book through the discretionary fund that’s part of their first look deal at Paramount. The novel is about a young female detective who goes undercover to solve a murder in an elite college town. The detective wants to discover the truth, but she finds this new world to be quite seductive.

The Likeness is a sequel to French’s 2008 novel In The Woods, which the studio has also acquired. Since forming Fake Empire at Paramount, Schwartz and Savage have set up five projects, with their first film, the Schwartz-directed Fun Size, to be released in late 2012. The author is repped by APA and lit agent Darley Anderson and the Fake Empire partners are WME-repped.