EXCLUSIVE: A new book from author Simon Toyne, The Searcher, has just been optioned for television by eOne and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions. The deal marks the first project between the two companies. The book, which debuts October 6 from Harper Collins, is a high-concept thriller written by the same author behind the Sanctus trilogy. In the same vein as an on-the-edge-of-your-seat Stephen King yarn and with the intensity of No Country For Old Men, Toyne’s novel is the first book in a new series about Solomon Creed, a man who has no memory of his past who ends up in a small Arizona town called Redemption.
As the story goes, when the townspeople gather at a cemetery to bury a local man, they are suddenly interrupted by a loud plane crash in the desert. As the sheriff speeds toward the crash site, he almost hits a man running down the road. He has no shoes, no memory and no ID. The only clue to who he is is a label in his jacket and a book that’s been inscribed to him: both giving him the name Solomon Creed. When he learns of the name of the Arizona town, he thinks he is there to save a man who was buried that morning.
To uncover the story of his past, Solomon must first learn the town’s secrets and the truth behind the death of the man he is there to save. Along the way there are people willing to do anything to stop him, prepared to call on the darkest forces to prevent Solomon from succeeding.
Joel Gotler at the Intellectual Property Group negotiated the deal on behalf of Toyne and his British agent Alice Saunders at Lucas Alexander Whitley. Michael Hampton, a VP at DiCaprio’s production company, brought the project to Appian Way.