EXCLUSIVE: Fox has preemptively acquired the Michael Koryta thriller novel Those Who Wish Me Dead. Film Rites’ Garrett Basch & Steve Zaillian will produce. The novel revolves around a teenage murder witness lost in the Montana wilderness, the twin assassins hunting him, a survival expert tasked with protecting him, and a forest fire that threatens to consume them all. Little Brown publishes the novel in May 2014.
There was action on this book, but the author and his reps went with Film Rites and Fox. As a writer, Zaillian wrote that draft of Exodus that Ridley Scott is now directing. Film Rites is producing the Darren Aronofsky-directed Red Sparrow and the Adrian Lyne-directed Deep Water.
Deal was made for Koryta by Angela Cheng Caplan, David Hale Smith, and Lawrence Rose. Mark Roybal spearheaded the acquisition and will oversee the project for Fox.
EXCLUSIVE: Michael Koryta, whose recent novels have been stirring up film deals, has just sold another one for a television series. CBS Television Studios has acquired A Welcome Grave and will develop the private eye storyline for a series that will be produced by the Kennedy/Marshall Company.
A Welcome Grave is the third book in Michael Koryta’s award-winning Lincoln Perry series, and follows the private investigator as he finds himself in the crosshairs of two police investigations when an old rival is brutally murdered.
Koryta’s latest novel, The Prophet, was recently acquired by Nick Wechsler, with Magic Mike‘s Reid Carolin adapting the feature. Koryta is in the middle of adapting his own novel, So Cold The River, as a feature for New Regency. Koryta was represented by Angela Cheng Caplan on behalf of Inkwell Management’s David Hale Smith and attorney Lawrence Rose.
EXCLUSIVE: Producer Nick Wechsler has acquired The Prophet, the upcoming Michael Koryta novel that will be published in August by Little, Brown and Company. Wechsler hasn’t yet set it up for financing, but he has already attached Reid Carolin to adapt it. Carolin wrote the script for Magic Mike, the upcoming Steven Soderbergh-directed male stripper pic that was hatched by Channing Tatum and Carolin, who are partners in Iron Horse Entertainment. Wechsler produced Magic Mike with Tatum, Carolin and Gregory Jacobs.
The Prophet is a tale of two distant brothers in a small Ohio town whose torment over the murder of their sister in their teens is compounded when another teenaged girl is killed. One of the brothers is determined to avenge that killing, even if it means committing murder himself. “We’ve been fans of Michael’s masterful writing for some time, and know that this powerful new novel is perfect for the screen,” Wechsler said. “We were drawn to its themes of family, faith and fear, all set against the backdrop of a gripping serial killer mystery. This story is a perfect mix of thrills, strong characters, and unbreakable bonds.” Read More »