Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: River Road Entertainment optioned screen rights to The Age of Miracles, a first novel by Karen Thompson Walker that sold in a 7-figure deal to Random House and 24 international territories. Hanna scribe Seth Lochhead has been set to write the script. The film will be produced by River Road principal Bill Pohlad, who is nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award for Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life.

To be published June 26, The Age of Miracles is set amidst an advancing catastrophe after the Earth’s rotation inexplicably slows. The novel covers a young girl’s adolescence, a poignant family drama and a heartrending glimpse into the everyday tragedies and triumphs that occur at a time when the world might be ending. The book was brokered by WME, which reps the author and Lochhead. The scribe’s managed by Circle of Confusion. River Road’s Christa Zofcin made the deal and production exec Sarah Hammer is overseeing it.