EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has acquired the James Renner novel The Man From Primrose Lane, and will develop it as a star vehicle for Oscar-nominated Silver Linings Playbook star Bradley Cooper. Langley Park’s Kevin McCormick will produce with Cooper and his 22nd & Indiana banner, which is also based at the studio. The script will be written by Chad Feehan, a Southland writer whose script Beyond The Pale made the Black List.
Published by Farrar, Staus and Giroux, the novel is about true-crime writer David Neff, who, in investigating the strange murder mystery of a recluse known as “the man with a thousand mittens,” quickly becomes obsessively embroiled in a chain of serial murders. The closer Neff comes to uncovering the true identity of the Man from Primrose Lane, the more he discovers his own dangerous connection to the series of crimes. He realizes in order to end the cycle of death and capture the killer he must look outside the parameters of what he believed to be true about time and space. Warner Bros will develop it for Cooper to play the crime writer.
Langley Park’s Rory Koslow and Cooper’s producing partner Sheroum Kim. Cooper’s repped by CAA, Feehan by CAA and Management 360, and UTA repped the book for the author and lit agent Julie Barer and manager Yuli Masinovsky. Renner is turning this into a series with at least two sequels planned.
Cooper most recently finished The Hangover Part III for Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures.