EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures has acquired Before The Fall, a novel written by Noah Hawley, who shared the Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries for hatching the FX television transfer of Fargo. That series also brought Emmy nominations for Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman. Hawley will adapt his novel and he will produce the feature with John Cameron. The book tells the story of a mysterious private-plane crash, starting in Martha’s Vineyard, and focuses on the two survivors, an artist and a little boy, and the lives of the people who died in the crash — from the flight crew to the wealthy media mogul and his family and the coincidences that begin to emerge which suggest the flight’s crash may not have been an accident,
Sony’s Hannah Minghella and Andrea Giannetti are overseeing for the studio. Hawley, while readying another season of Fargo, is separately scripting an untitled project at Universal that will be part of that studio’s classic monster franchise push. He is repped by CAA and attorney Joel McKuin.
This is the fourth novel for Hawley, who authored A Conspiracy of Tall Men, Other People’s Weddings, The Punch, and The Good Father.