EXCLUSIVE: Writer-director Rod Lurie has optioned Julia Heaberlin’s bestselling crime novel Black-Eyed Susans and is adapting the screenplay with his wife, author Kyra Davis. The book tells the story of the lone survivor of a serial killer who launches her own investigation after she begins having doubts about the guilt of man convicted of the crime.

Lurie, whose films include The Last Castle, Rod Lurie Kyra Davis 3The Contender, Straw Dogs and Nothing But The Truth, says his Battleplan Productions will finance the movie.

Black-Eyed Susans is Heaberlin’s third novel. She also wrote Lie Still and Playing Dead. Davis, a bestselling New York Times novelist, is best known for her Just One Night trilogy and the Sophie Katz mystery series.

Lurie will produce with his Battleplan partner Marc Frydman. They’re also developing a six-hour miniseries about the life of T.E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, which they will produce with Roland Emmerich for Fremantle International. Lurie and Clive Bradley are writing the miniseries. Emmerich and Frydman recently teamed on Stonewall.

Davis is a New York Times bestselling novelist, best known for her Just One Night trilogy and the Sophie Katz mystery series.