Sony Pictures have officially optioned the film rights to the upcoming novel from David Baldacci. The fantasy novel entitled, “The Finisher” was picked up by Sony with Matt Tolmach attached to produce. The novel has not yet been published and won’t hit shelves until March 4th, 2014.
“The Finisher” sounds like most young adult fantasy novels in that it follows the adventures of a determined young heroine who lives in an ordinary world with extraordinary secrets. 14-year-old Vega Jane lives in the village of Wormwood, where life is nasty, brutish and short. Villagers have been told that there is nothing outside of Wormwood except for the Quag, a foul forest filled with terrifying beasts. No one comes, no one goes, and Wormwood has stayed this way for generations — until Vega’s mentor Quentin Herms disappears. Quentin leaves Vega a secret message hinting that there’s a way out of Wormwood, and something extraordinary on the other side. As Vega begins to investigate, she realizes that Wormwood is a village built on dangerous lies. And that powerful people are willing to kill in order to keep it that way. Soon Vega is careening down a path that will either lead straight to the truth … or straight to an early grave.
Tolmach is most known for producing Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man as well as its upcoming sequels. He is currently working on the all-out genre mashup Kitchen Sink, set for release on October 24, 2014.
There is no word yet on whether production will begin as soon as possible or wait until the novel actually is released to the public. Sony has not commented on casting ideas or who may direct the feature.