BREAKING: Brett Ratner and James Packer’s RatPac Press entered into a joint venture to publish Ben Mezrich’s Seven Wonders through Running Press Publishers next spring. Deadline told you back in May that Ratner and Packer set the movie rights at Fox, back when the book was a proposal. It was the first deal Ratner and Packer made since forming their company. Written by Mezrich, whose books helped in form the films The Social Network and 21, weaves the Seven Wonders into an adventure tale they all hoped would lead to a book and movie trilogy, with the latter being produced by Beau Flynn and Ratner. Here’s the official release about the book deal:
In a joint venture with Running Press Publishers, Brett Ratner and James Packer’s RatPac Press will publish Ben Mezrich’s Seven Wonders, a new novel from the New York Times best-selling author of Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House. Both of these books became major motion pictures – respectively, The Social Network and 21, which was produced by Ratner. Scheduled for a late spring 2014 release, Seven Wonders is an epic tale about the Seven Wonders of the World – a big summer action / adventure film planned for a trilogy. The movie rights were recently sold to 20th Century Fox with Ratner and Packer producing on behalf of their RatPac Entertainment and Beau Flynn through his FlynnPictureCo.
This book marks the first undertaking of RatPac Press and Running Press in a new publishing agreement where the imprint will look to bring more Hollywood related projects to market in both non-fiction and fiction genres. VP Publisher of Running Press Chris Navratil states, “With our unique and innovative list of lifestyle and pop-culture titles, Running Press is excited to expand our program to include RatPac Press’s brand of entertainment.” Seven Wonders marks the first work of fiction in a long time for Ben Mezrich who is best recognized for his blockbuster non-fiction best-sellers.
Ratner added “We are very excited at RatPac Press to be in business with Running Press and Perseus. Their years of experience in publishing and distribution enables us to publish commercial books for a worldwide audience that we can also potentially turn into blockbuster films. Ben Mezrich’s book does exactly that. Seven Wonders is a very commercial and global book that will definitely translate to the big screen.”
Ben Mezrich commented “I’ve been a fan of Brett’s for many years, and I’m thrilled to be working with his new imprint and Perseus’ Running Press. It’s been an amazing experience developing what I know will be an epic, globe-trotting adventure, and I look forward to launching this book and series.”