Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: David Guggenheim, who scripted the hit Universal Denzel Washington-Ryan Reynolds thriller Safe House, has just landed a deal to co-write his first novel. Exile will be published by Little, Brown imprint Mulholland Books in 2013. Guggenheim will collaborate with Nick Mennuti. The writers met while they matriculated in the Dramatic Writing department of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.

Guggenheim describes Exile as “a fast-paced, Hitchcock-esque thriller about an American businessman living in exile in Cambodia, who gets mistaken for a mysterious government operative,” he said. “It’s an idea that I’ve wanted to bring to life for a long time and I’m thrilled to be collaborating with Nick.” Both were repped by Jonah Straus at Straus Literary, and Guggenheim is repped on the feature side by Paradigm’s David Boxerbaum and Madhouse’s Adam Kolbrenner. Mulholland Books senior editor John Schoenfelder will edit the book.