Constantin, Prime Universe Team For Female Viking Adventure ‘Heathen’; Kerry Williamson To Write
EXCLUSIVE: Constantin Film and Prime Universe have teamed to turn the Vault Comic title Heathen into a film with a kickass female Viking warrior protagonist. Script will be written by Kerry Williamson, whose credits include Alex Cross, Netflix’s What Happened to Monday and who’s adapting the fantasy series Sandman Slim for director Chad Stahelski and Studio 8. Constantin's Robert Kulzer will produce with Adrian Askarieh, whose Prime Universe Films is in a two-year… Read
‘Lioness: Golda Meir And The Nation Of Israel’ Is First Project Of PatMa Prods
EXCLUSIVE: Following a competitive bidding situation, former CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler and producer Denise Di Novi have acquired rights to the critically-acclaimed, non-fiction book Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel. The duo will adapt and produce the project as a limited series under their new PatMa Productions banner. The project is the first for PatMa since the company was announced in January to amplify diverse voices.
The book was authored by… Read
Renée Zellweger, Louie Anderson, Owen Teague Lead Feature Drama ‘Heft’
EXCLUSIVE: Renée Zellweger, Louie Anderson and It‘s Owen Teague have been cast in the lead roles of Heft for director Max Nichols (Two Night Stand). Heft, based on the bestselling novel by Liz Moore of the same name, was adapted by the author. The Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Eric Robinson, who acquired the book in the fall of 2017, are producing.
Heft is about former academic Arthur Opp (Anderson) who hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty… Read
James Comey’s ‘A Higher Loyalty’ Selling Three Times What ‘Fire And Fury’ Did In First Week
Former FBI director James Comey’s new book A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership is proving to be a bonafide publishing juggernaut. The book sold 600,000 in its first week, triple the early sales of Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury. Last week, Amazon ran out of stock on the book, sources said. Bolstered by a barnstorming tour by Comey, the book launched with an 850,000 copy print run, and Flatiron has gone back to the presses. There are more than 1 million copies in… Read
Verve Launches Publishing Division And Hires Lit Agent Liz Parker To Run It
Literary agency Verve has launched a Publishing division, hiring InkWell Management’s Liz Parker to oversee it. She will bring along her roster of upmarket and literary fiction, and sociopolitical, narrative and platform-driven nonfiction clients, and also service Verve’s clients who have books in the marketplace. She also will help source intellectual property for Verve clients to develop.
Parker has been a literary agent at InkWell since June 2015. Before that she… Read
Amazon.com Limiting Reviews Of James Comey’s ‘A Higher Loyalty’
Reviewers who wish to post a review on former FBI director James Comey’s new book, A Higher Loyalty, may have to find a venue other than Amazon.com.
Only “verified buyers” of the book via Amazon are allowed to post, and some online chatter suggests that low ratings of the book will not make it onto the site. The restrictions apply to print and Kindle book editions.
Those who try to post a review and didn’t buy the book through Amazon receive an error message: “Sorry, we… Read
Amy Pascal & Neal Moritz Land Liz Moore’s New Book ‘Long Bright River’
EXCLUSIVE: The prolific producing pair of Amy Pascal and Neal H. Moritz have teamed to acquire film rights to Long Bright River, the upcoming suspense novel from Liz Moore. The book just sold at auction to Penguin Random House imprint Riverhead Books.
Moore is also set to adapt the book, which is set in her native Philadelphia and revolves around two sisters — one, an addict who has gone missing and the other a police officer who must find her. The story is about the… Read
Netflix Acquires Thriller Novel ‘Tell Me Everything’ For Sugar23 & Anonymous Content
EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has preemptively acquired film rights to Tell Me Everything, an upcoming thriller novel from Cambria Brockman. Michael Sugar’s company Sugar23 brought in the project and will produce the adaptation with Anonymous Content and Aevitas Creative Management.
Brockman’s debut novel, which Ballantine recently acquired at auction for a June 2019 street date, is set at an elite college in small-town New England and follows the shifting alliances and romantic… Read
David Frankel In Talks To Direct Jess Walter Novel Adaptation ‘Beautiful Ruins’ For Fox 2000
EXCLUSIVE: The Devil Wears Prada helmer David Frankel is making a deal to direct Fox 2000’s film adaptation of Jess Walter's 2012 New York Times Best Seller Beautiful Ruins. Sam Mendes brought it to the studio intending to direct, but he stepped out and will produce through Neal Street with Julie Pastor and Karen Rosenfelt. The author is executive producer alongside Neal Street's Pippa Harris.
The epic story begins in the spring of 1962 off the Ligurian Sea and centers on… Read
Jenna Fischer Recounts Student Protests That Halted Her Book-Tour Event In Indiana
Splitting Up Together star and recently published author Jenna Fischer took to social media to today to describe an event Tuesday night in Indiana at which student protesters interrupted her book-signing and Q&A event.
The Office alum said she was alerted by reps of DePauw University in Greencastle that there might be demonstratons during her presentation — and indeed there were. There have been a number of recent incidents on and off campus involving racial, homophobic… Read
James Comey To ‘The View’: Wishes He Had Not Described Donald Trump In Book
Morning after appearing on Stephen Colbert's late-night show, former FBI Director James Comey did a full-court book-tour press, appearing on NBC's Today and ABC's The View, where he now says he wished he'd left out the paragraph about President Donald Trump's physical appearance.
"If I had to do it over again, I would not put that paragraph in, because it gave people a hand hold….to attack the book," Comey told the Ladies of The View of the one paragraph in which he… Read
Stephen Colbert Tells James Comey He Got Fired Because Mob Bosses Hate Being Investigated
UPDATED with video of full interview: Stephen Colbert wondered if fired FBI Director James Comey was surprised he got fired by President Donald Trump, as he and Comey drank wine and chatted on Tuesday’s Late Show [Watch full interview below].
“If you felt you were working for a mob boss, were you surprised you got whacked? Cause that’s what they do.” Colbert said, which we guarantee is not how George Stephanopopulos put the question when he got first crack at… Read