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Chockstone Pictures, Nick Wechsler Land ‘The Kind Worth Killing’

Mike Fleming

swansEXCLUSIVE: Chockstone Pictures partners Steve Schwartz and Paula Mae Schwartz have teamed with Nick Wechsler to acquire film rights to the Peter Swanson novel The Kind Worth Killing. The book had made the rounds under the title The Lonely Lives Of Murderers but just got a new title. The novel focuses on a particularly ruthless female killer. On a late-night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets fellow passenger Lily Kintner. Thinking he will never see her again, he tells her he’s been thinking about murdering his faithless wife. When they land, Lily tells the guy she wants to help, and they form a strange twisted, bond plotting the wife’s demise. He doesn’t know she has some experience in this kind of thing. The book will be published January by HarperCollins.

“For Lily, murder is a lifestyle,” said Paula Mae Schwartz. “The gorgeous femme fatale that Swanson has created will win the hearts of men and the sympathy of women.” She will produce with Steve Schwartz and Wechsler while Roger Schwartz and Felicity Aldridge will be co-producers. The deal was brokered by Intellectual Property Group’s Joel Gotler, and attorney David Fox repped Chockstone. Read More »

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Chockstone, Nick Wechsler Buy Rights To Sociopath Saga ‘The Truth And Other Lies’

Mike Fleming

sachaEXCLUSIVE: Chockstone Pictures partners Steve Schwartz and Paula Mae Schwartz have teamed with Nick Wechsler to acquire film rights to The Truth And Other Lies, a novel by German screenwriter Sascha Arango. This comes days after the trio acquired the forthcoming Olen Steinhauer spy novel All The Old Knives. Arango’s novel caught buzz coming out of the London Book Fair, and the producers have set Arango to write the script.

The main character is famous author Henry Hayden, whose façade of being a virtuous, loving husband threatens to fall by the wayside when his mistress becomes pregnant. He tries to get rid of his girlfriend but makes a terrible mistake in the process. In order to keep the past from catching up to him, the author must manage a series of lies and complications to stay ahead of the truth.

“The anti-hero of the novel, Henry Hayden, is a sociopath reminiscent of Tom Ripley, but in some ways, Henry has already bettered the instruction,” said Steve Schwartz. Read More »

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