EXCLUSIVE: TriStar president Hannah Minghella and producer Amy Pascal have set Erin Cressida Wilson to adapt Maestra, the L.S. Hilton novel that Sony acquired just before it established itself as the runaway hit of the London Book Fair last spring. Wilson, best known for scripting the 2002 film Secretary, takes the job after adapting another female-driven novel sensation, the Tate Taylor-directed Girl On The Train.
Bonnier Publishing has sold publishing rights for Maestra to 25 territories round the world, and the book was published in the UK last March. Maestra follows the story of Judith Rashleigh, who works in a prestigious London auction house by day and an insalubrious bar at night. When she stumbles across a conspiracy, she ends up in a battle for her life. The book, set against the backdrop of the European art world and Europe’s seriously wealthy, Maestra marks the beginning of a razor-sharp and meteoric sequence of novels by Hilton.
This is one of several plum projects that Pascal is producing. She’s nearly wrapped on the Paul Feig-directed Ghostbusters, is readying a new iteration of Spider-Man which she’s producing with Marvel’s Kevin Feige, and she is teamed with Scott Rudin to adapt The Girl In The Spider’s Web, the new installment of the adventures of anti-hero Lisbeth Salander. That novel was written by David Langercrantz. The late Stieg Larsson wrote the Millenium Trilogy that launched Salander in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
TriStar prexy Minghella was key in bringing this in quickly for a preemptive buy, and she is overseeing the project for TriStar. Wilson is repped by CAA and Art/Work.