EXCLUSIVE: Two months before the book is due out, producers Paul Mazur and Mitchell Kaplan have optioned film rights to Jean Zimmerman’s The Orphan Master. The historical serial-killer thriller, set in the New Amsterdam of 1633, will be published by Viking on June 19. Mazur and Kaplan, whose Mazur Kaplan Company along with Kevin McCormick optioned the Helen Simonson bestseller Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand last year, are currently in pre-production on The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society, starring Kate Winslet and directed by Kenneth Branagh. Zimmerman is repped by Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency in association with CAA.

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