EXCLUSIVE: Chockstone Pictures partners Steve Schwartz and Paula Mae Schwartz have teamed with Nick Wechsler to acquire film rights to the Peter Swanson novel The Kind Worth Killing. The book had made the rounds under the title The Lonely Lives Of Murderers but just got a new title. The novel focuses on a particularly ruthless female killer. On a late-night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets fellow passenger Lily Kintner. Thinking he will never see her again, he tells her he’s been thinking about murdering his faithless wife. When they land, Lily tells the guy she wants to help, and they form a strange twisted, bond plotting the wife’s demise. He doesn’t know she has some experience in this kind of thing. The book will be published January by HarperCollins.
“For Lily, murder is a lifestyle,” said Paula Mae Schwartz. “The gorgeous femme fatale that Swanson has created will win the hearts of men and the sympathy of women.” She will produce with Steve Schwartz and Wechsler while Roger Schwartz and Felicity Aldridge will be co-producers. The deal was brokered by Intellectual Property Group’s Joel Gotler, and attorney David Fox repped Chockstone.
It’s the third significant book acquisition made recently by the Schwartzes and Wechsler, who teamed on the Ridley Scott-directed The Counselor. Earlier this month, they bought rights to The Truth And Other Lies, a novel by German screenwriter Sascha Arango, who’ll adapt. That came days after the trio acquired the forthcoming Olen Steinhauer spy novel All The Old Knives. They have the advantage of having their own development money, so they don’t have to ask a studio’s permission to buy and wait around for an answer.