EXCLUSIVE: Producer Nick Wechsler has acquired The Prophet, the upcoming Michael Koryta novel that will be published in August by Little, Brown and Company. Wechsler hasn’t yet set it up for financing, but he has already attached Reid Carolin to adapt it. Carolin wrote the script for Magic Mike, the upcoming Steven Soderbergh-directed male stripper pic that was hatched by Channing Tatum and Carolin, who are partners in Iron Horse Entertainment. Wechsler produced Magic Mike with Tatum, Carolin and Gregory Jacobs.
The Prophet is a tale of two distant brothers in a small Ohio town whose torment over the murder of their sister in their teens is compounded when another teenaged girl is killed. One of the brothers is determined to avenge that killing, even if it means committing murder himself. “We’ve been fans of Michael’s masterful writing for some time, and know that this powerful new novel is perfect for the screen,” Wechsler said. “We were drawn to its themes of family, faith and fear, all set against the backdrop of a gripping serial killer mystery. This story is a perfect mix of thrills, strong characters, and unbreakable bonds.”
Koryta is currently adapting his novel So Cold The River for New Regency, and Chris Columbus acquired Koryta’s novel Cypress House, with Columbus writing the script and directing. Angela Cheng Caplan of Cheng Caplan Company made the deal for David Hale Smith and Richard Pine of InkWell Management. Lawrence Rose is the lawyer.
Wechsler hardly needs a studio to get a movie going. He is right now in the middle of The Counselor, the first spec script by Cormac McCarthy, which Wechsler teamed with Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz to option as soon as they read it. That film has been charmed since that purchase late last year, with Prometheus helmer Ridley Scott committing to make it his next film, and Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz committing to star in a thriller that has been called No Country For Old Men on steroids. Fox just signed on to distribute the film domestically and all over the world. Wechsler and Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz produced The Road, the John Hillcoat-directed adaptation of McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning apocalyptic novel. Carolin’s repped by UTA and Management 360.