It didn’t take Warner Bros. long to take pre-emptive screen rights to Tin Men, the latest book proposal from NY Times bestselling author Christopher Golden (The Shadow Saga, Body of Evidence) which scored publishing and film deals within a week at auction. Chernin Entertainment will produce with Pete Donaldson with Golden onboard as executive producer; a screenwriter is being sought now to adapt a script from the proposal and novel. On the lit side, Random House won North American publishing rights and will book a hardcover release in spring of 2014. Plot details are under lock and key but Golden’s specialty is YA horror-fantasy thrillers and suspense tales, including numerous comics and novels in Joss Whedon‘s Buffyverse and co-authored works with collaborators including Hellboy creator Mike Mignola (Baltimore, or The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire and Amber Benson (Ghosts Of Albion).
Tin Men marks the latest Golden book property to be snatched up by Hollywood. Alex Proyas is attached to adapt and direct Joe Golem And The Drowning City from the book by Golden and Mignola, in development at Constantin Films and produced by Donaldson and Gotham Entertainment. Talent, adapted from Golden’s graphic novel co-written with Tom Sniegoski, is set up at Universal under Mark Platt and Boom Entertainment. Fox 2000 has The Secret Journeys Of Jack London, which will be produced by Donaldson. This fall, Golden releases his graphic novel series Cemetery Girl with True Blood novelist Charlaine Harris.
Golden is repped by manager/producer Donaldson, publishing rep Howard Morhaim, and attorney Adam Rosen at One LLP.