EXCLUSIVE: Anonymous Content has acquired screen rights to Foe, the upcoming thriller novel by Iain Reid which drew other bids. Reid’s previous novel I’m Thinking Of Ending Things is in the works at Netflix with Charlie Kaufman attached to direct and write. Anonymous Content’s Kerry Kohansky-Roberts and Steve Golin will produce and the author will be exec producer.
The novel is set slightly in the future, after severe climate change has ruined the farmlands across the north and created devastating fires that has scarred the landscape. A farmer and his wife live a solitary life, struggling on one of the last remaining farms, where they raise cattle and harvest grain. A knock on the door changes things. A stranger tells the farmer he has been selected to travel far from the farm, with a group of settlers looking to relocate. Arrangements have been made so that when he leaves, his wife won’t miss him because a “replacement” has been arranged, who’ll join the wife on the farm while he’s gone.
Anonymous Content’s VP of Literary Affairs Kevin Cotter brought in the project. Simon & Schuster publishes the book in North America this Fall. S&S UK and multiple other foreign territory publications will follow. The author is repped by Paradigm on behalf of Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Agency.