Amy Pascal Wins Auction For Laura Dave Novel ‘Hello, Sunshine’; Author Scripting With ‘Spotlight’s Josh Singer
EXCLUSIVE: Amy Pascal just took the hot book du jour off the market. She is finalizing a deal for Hello, Sunshine, a novel by Laura Dave. The author will adapt it with her husband, Oscar-winning Spotlight scribe Josh Singer. Pascal will produce with Rachel O’Connor. The logline: Sunshine Mackenzie is a lifestyle guru for the modern age, beloved by millions who tune into her YouTube cooking show, and scour her website for recipes and wisdom in how to live a perfect life… Read
Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories Lands First Book: ‘The House On Langley Lake’
EXCLUSIVE: Bruna Papandrea, whose Pacific Standard production partnership with Reese Witherspoon yielded the HBO series Big Little Lies and the films Gone Girl and Wild, has made the first acquisition under her newly launched solo shingle. Made Up Stories has optioned Elizabeth Klehforth's debut novel The House On Langley Lake. The book, which WME will take out to publishers this week, is described as a compulsively readable debut that probes the depths of dangerous… Read
Graphic Novel ‘The Pro’ Hooks Movie Deal At Paramount
EXCLUSIVE: A lot going on at Paramount Pictures, but they are still making deals. The studio has picked up rights to The Pro, a graphic novel by Garth Ennis, Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti. Erwin Stoff of 3 Arts is producing and Zoe McCarthy has been hired to write the screenplay. She is best known for her script Bitches On A Boat.
The graphic novel writers and illustrators all have stuff going on in Hollywood. Palmiotti’s graphic novel Painkiller Jane has just… Read
‘Room’s Lenny Abrahamson Lights Up FBI Siege Tale ‘Burning Rainbow Farm’
EXCLUSIVE: Anonymous Content, Element Pictures and Film4 have optioned the Dean Kuipers book Burning Rainbow Farm, and will develop it as a directing vehicle for Room helmer Lenny Abrahamson. Playwright Cory Finley, who made his directing debut with the Sundance pic Thoroughbred, will write the script. It is the true story of two marijuana advocates who were gunned down by the FBI after a five-day standoff. Anonymous Content's Adam Shulman and Mad Dog Films' Alix Madigan… Read
Megan Mullally & Nick Offerman Snag Movie Rights To Bestseller ‘Lincoln In The Bardo’
EXCLUSIVE: Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman have acquired movie rights to Lincoln In The Bardo, the bestselling novel from George Saunders that hit shelves last month. The pair will produce the adaptation with Saunders, and no director or cast has been set.
Published by Random House, short-story writer Saunders’ first novel is set against the backdrop of the Civil War and centers on Abraham Lincoln’s grief over the death of his 11-year-old son Willie, with much of the… Read
Blumhouse TV & Amblin TV Team For ‘Phenomena’ TV Series Based On Book About ESP & Psychokinesis Experiments
Blumhouse Television and Amblin Television have partnered to jointly option the rights to Annie Jacobsen’s upcoming book Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government’s Investigations Into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis to develop as a TV series.
Phenomena traces the U.S. government's long-hidden history of military and intelligence agency experiments on extraordinary human functioning, including mental telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, and other… Read
‘The Memory Thief’ Will Come To Life At Fox Animation For Hybrid Initiative
The Memory Thief, a live-action/animated feature based on the novel written by Bryce Moore, is being planned at Fox Animation, which acquired the novel for its hybrid initiative. Working to create a slate of family films, Fox Animation’s hybrid strategy was launched last year, and Nate Hopper was hired to spearhead it.
The Memory Thief, about a boy with special powers, is being produced by Adaptive Studios and Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps, who produced this year’s Best Picture… Read
Imagine Lands Marcus Sakey Novel ‘Afterlife’
EXCLUSIVE: Imagine Entertainment has won an auction for screen rights to Afterlife, the Marcus Sakey novel that went out to producers and studios last weekend. Sakey will write the screenplay. Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Erica Huggins are producing along with Shane Salerno at The Story Factory. The book will be published by Amazon on July 11.
Imagine made the acquisition through its own funding after Huggins brought in the project. The book had another studio offer but… Read
‘Logan’ Helmer James Mangold To Direct Fox Adaptation Of Don Winslow Novel ‘The Force’
EXCLUSIVE: James Mangold, coming off the hit Logan, is returning to 2oth Century Fox. He’s in talks to develop and direct The Force, the upcoming epic NYPD corrupt cop novel by The Cartel author Don Winslow. The novel was acquired for seven-figures by Fox last fall, before it even had a title. The Force will be published June 20 by Fox's sister company HarperCollins Publishers' imprint William Morrow. Scott Free’s Ridley Scott, The Story Factory’s Shane Salerno, and Kevin… Read
Synchronicity Films Acquires Hanif Kureishi’s ‘The Body’ For Series Adaptation
EXCLUSIVE: Scottish production company Synchronicity Films has secured the rights to Hanif Kureishi’s novella, The Body. The plan is to develop the tense thriller as a high-end international drama series. Synchronicity's Claire Mundell will executive produce, with Robert Murphy (DCI Banks, Vera) adapting. The acquisition was made in partnership with Green Ash Pictures backed by Great Point Media.
The Body, originally published in 2002, centers on Adam, a middle-aged… Read
Benedict Cumberbatch To Star In ‘How To Stop Time’ For SunnyMarch, Studiocanal
In a pre-emptive situation, Benedict Cumberbatch’s SunnyMarch and its part-owner, Studiocanal, have acquired film rights to the upcoming novel by Matt Haig, How To Stop Time. Cumberbatch is attached to star and will exec produce through SunnyMarch with Jamie Byng of Canongate Books. Studiocanal, which took a minority stake in SunnyMarch last year, will fully finance and has distribution in the UK, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.
Set to be published by… Read
Fox Dogs Down Rights To Upcoming Memoir ‘Finding Gobi’
20th Century Fox has preemptively acquired film rights to Finding Gobi, a soon-to-be-published memoir by ultra-marathoner Dion Leonard. The book, due out in June via HarperCollins label W Publishing Group, centers on Leonard’s relationship with a stray dog he came across while competing in a 155-mile race through China's Gobi Desert, then was lost in China before a search that went viral online resulted in their reunion. Paul de Souza is producing and shepherding the… Read