The newest Robert Crais novel, “Suspect,” has been optioned by Fox 2000. According to the Hollywood Reporter, David DiGilio (Eight Below) will provide the screenplay with Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson producing. Crais, the outlet notes, has adamantly prevented feature adaptations of his works in the past. In the case of “Suspect,” his decision to permit the big screen version is said to be largely based on how impressed he has been with The Color Forces’ handling of The Hunger Games franchise.
“Suspect” was published earlier this year and is described as follows:
LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well. Eight months ago, a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty—until he meets his new partner.
Maggie is not doing so well, either. A German shepherd who survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before losing her handler to an IED, her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s.
They are each other’s last chance. Shunned and shunted to the side, they set out to investigate the one case that no one wants them to touch: the identity of the men who murdered Stephanie. What they begin to find is nothing like what Scott has been told, and the journey will take them both through the darkest moments of their own personal hells. Whether they will make it out again, no one can say.
D.J. MacHale’s first novel, “Sylo” has been optioned by Fox 2000 for the big screen. Deadline has reported that Thor Freudenthal will helm with a script being written by Marc Guggenheim. The duo recently worked together on the studio’s Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. Lauren Shuler Donner and Jack Leslie will produce with MacHale himself serving as executive producer. Continue reading
Michael Sucsy, the director behind the film The Vow, is officially set to helm Fox 2000’s adaptation of Megan Abbott’s novel “Dare Me.” The studio also appears to be eyeing Natalie Portman for the lead role according to Deadline. The novel was published last year and received wide acclaim from critics and readers. Continue reading
Fox 2000 and New Regency has announced their plans to develop a big screen adaptation of John Grisham’s latest novel, “The Racketeer.” Daniel Espinosa, known for his work on the film Safe House, is looking to direct the project.
The official plot description of the novel is as follows:
Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett just became number five.
Who is the Racketeer? And what does he have to do with the judge’s untimely demise? His name, for the moment, is Malcolm Bannister. Job status? Former attorney. Current residence? The Federal Prison Camp near Frostburg, Maryland.
On paper, Malcolm’s situation isn’t looking too good these days, but he’s got an ace up his sleeve. He knows who killed Judge Fawcett, and he knows why. The judge’s body was found in his remote lakeside cabin. There was no forced entry, no struggle, just two dead bodies: Judge Fawcett and his young secretary. And one large, state-of-the-art, extremely secure safe, opened and emptied.
What was in the safe? The FBI would love to know. And Malcolm Bannister would love to tell them. But everything has a price—especially information as explosive as the sequence of events that led to Judge Fawcett’s death. And the Racketeer wasn’t born yesterday…
Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher are attached to produce with Espinosa and Shelley Browning executive producing.
There is no word on a projected release date or who else will be working on the project.
Lindsay Devlin, previously a development executive, has been hired to adapt “Reboot,” Fox 2000’s adaptation of an upcoming YA novel penned by Amy Tintera.
Chernin Entertainment announced they would be producing the adaptation of the YA story that is set after the world becomes infected with a deadly virus and killer slave soldiers are created from dead teenagers. Two re-animated teens decide to band together to fight the organization responsible.
Following the lead of several other studios, Fox 2000 acquired the film rights for the novel before it had been published official. Fox 2000 picked up with film rights this past February. “Reboot” is due to be published by HarperTeen in May. The studio must have felt the project would fair well in a sea of YA supernatural/sci fi drama’s flooding the entertainment industry.
This will be the first studio job for Devlin who began as an assistant at CAA before moving on to development jobs at Kerner Entertainment Co. (The Smurfs) and other shingles. Her horror spec Nocturne shot her out of the corporate world, and she slowly building is a name for herself in the mostly male-dominated world of genre writing.
There is no word on a projected release date for the project, or who is expected to star in the YA drama.
Have I ever mentioned how much I hate deep (and dark) water? No? Ok, well I really really do. And Now Fox 2000 has recently begun adapting Patricia Highsmith’s novel, Deep Water for the big screen. I can already tell its going to trip me out. Continue reading