sachaEXCLUSIVE: Chockstone Pictures partners Steve Schwartz and Paula Mae Schwartz have teamed with Nick Wechsler to acquire film rights to The Truth And Other Lies, a novel by German screenwriter Sascha Arango. This comes days after the trio acquired the forthcoming Olen Steinhauer spy novel All The Old Knives. Arango’s novel caught buzz coming out of the London Book Fair, and the producers have set Arango to write the script.

The main character is famous author Henry Hayden, whose façade of being a virtuous, loving husband threatens to fall by the wayside when his mistress becomes pregnant. He tries to get rid of his girlfriend but makes a terrible mistake in the process. In order to keep the past from catching up to him, the author must manage a series of lies and complications to stay ahead of the truth.

“The anti-hero of the novel, Henry Hayden, is a sociopath reminiscent of Tom Ripley, but in some ways, Henry has already bettered the instruction,” said Steve Schwartz.

This is Arango’s first novel, and it was published in February in German. Last fall, Melbourne-based Text Publishing purchased rights to publish it in all English-speaking territories and got it translated. It caught fire at the London Book Fair as Text alongside InkWell Management sold the book in a 12-round auction to Atria for U.S. rights, and to Penguin Canada. Film offers came at the same time, but the enthusiasm and a strong bid from Chockstone and Wechsler won the deal.

Wechsler called the novel “insanely clever, elegant, dangerous, and curiously likable.” He said: “The protagonist is a compelling role for actors. Audiences will be wanting to see more of him.” Said Paula Mae Schwartz: “Sascha Arango has deftly crafted characters who are unforgettable, including Henry’s brilliant, eccentric wife, and his adoring girlfriend. This is a twisted thriller, yet one with comic undertones. It’s fun to keep on guessing.”

Resolution’s Rich Green repped Arango, and attorney David Fox repped Chockstone and Wechsler. The author also is represented by Karin Graf at Graf & Graf in Germany.