Patrick Melton & Marcus Dunstan, whose credits include the fourth through seven Saw installments as well as the upcoming Hellraiser remake and the sequel Piranha 3 Double D, are moving into publishing with a Little Brown deal for their first novel, Blacklight. The book is the story of a ghost hunter private eye with psychic abilities who is hired to take the inaugural ride on the new bullet train that goes directly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. His job is to figure out if the train’s haunted, but each case he takes on fuels his own lifelong obsession: to locate the spirits of his parents who were the victims of an unsolved murder when he was a child. The scribes intend for this to be the start of a series surrounding the private eye, Buck Carlsbad. Melton & Dunstan’s reps at Underground and APA will shop the feature rights.
EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures acquired screen rights to Out of Range, a book proposal for a two-book mystery that will be written by Hank Steinberg, the creator of the CBS series Without A Trace. The movie sale came after the novel was set up in a high six-figure deal at Harper Collins on the basis of the proposal and a few sample chapters. The film option deal was also in the six-figures and it closed late last night. Steinberg will write the script and Erwin Stoff will produce. While studios have been slow to jump on pitches lately, the movie deal made by WME definitely found momentum after 3 Arts’ Richard Abate made the publishing deal and created a demand. The book will be published in 2011.
I’ve been looking into what are the hottest overseas titles being sold at this week’s Frankfurt Book Fair. David Bowie is due to deliver his illustrated book Bowie: Object to his agent Andrew Wylie in December. So Wylie is telling publishers at Frankfurt that it’s the first in a series of books by Bowie and I’m told there’s lots of interest. Why the title? Because the rock legend has assembled 100 objects from his personal archive and has written captions for them exploring his creative process. That, apparently, qualifies as a book these days.
Other titles packing heat at Frankfurt this year include:
Breaking News… Random House Publishing Group chief Gina Centrello and Ballantine publisher Libby McGuire and editor in chief Jennifer Hershey have won an auction for the next six books to be written by Debbie Macomber, the prolific romance novelist who is leaving a run at Harlequin. Deal was seven-figures for each book, and came after an auction that brought Macomber in from her Washington home and pitted Random House against Grand Central and Simon & Schuster, the latter of which publishes Macomber’s non-fiction Christian-themed titles. It’s the second significant female author that Centrello, McGuire and Hershey have brought into the Ballantine fold, after they landed Janet Evanovich earlier this year.