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 formidable ties between place, obligation and family. The book was brought into Pascal Pictures by Isabel Siskin and to Original Film by Amanda Lewis.

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“I am so happy to be joining forces with producers who have the passion, talent, and experience to make what I hope will be a meaningful film,” Moore said.

It’s the second film deal for a Moore book; in November, The Gotham Group acquired her 2012 novel Heft, with Max Nichols aboard to direct Moore’s adaptation.

Pascal’s Pascal Pictures most recently produced the Oscar Best Picture nominee The Post, Aaron Sorkin’s Molly’s Game and Spider-Man Homecoming. Its upcoming slate includes the Spider-Man spinoffs Venom and Silver & Black, The Girl in the Spider’s Web starring Claire Foy; the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and the live-action Barbie movie.

Moritz’s Original Film is behind the Fast and Furious movies and has on its film slate that franchise’s spinoff Hobbs And Shaw with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham as well as Art of Racing in the RainSonic the Hedgehog and Bloodshot with Vin Diesel.

Long Bright River was acquired by Sarah McGrath at Riverhead in a deal brokered by Seth Fishman of The Gernert Company. Moore, whose novels also include The Words of Every Song and The Unseen World, is repped by Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Eric Robinson at The Gotham Group.