According to the Hollywood Reporter Canadian indie producer, New Franchise Media has tapped Brian D. Young to do a re-write of the Jeffrey Archer novel False Impression, which is now in the script stage. They have also (according to Deadline.com) hired Richard Regen to adapt the separate novel, A Matter of Honor, into a multi-film franchise property.
Elmore Leonard has according to Deadline.com signed with United Talent Agency who will represent him in film, TV, digital and allied rights. With the overwhelming success of Justified, Leonard, who continues with literary agent Andrew Wylie, is eager to see more of his books adapted for the screen.
According to Digital Spy, FX has put in development a drama series adaptation of Chelsea Cain’s best-selling book series Heartsick. The thriller novels, Heartsick, Sweetheart and Evil At Heart, center on beautiful therapist-turned-series killer Gretchen Lowell and her relationship with damaged Portland detective Archie Sheridan.Heartsick is the first book in the series — there are four to date — introduces the Portland detective and his pursuit of serial killer Gretchen Lowell. In the end, she was the one who caught him, but after torturing him for days, she mysteriously let him go and turned herself in. Since then the she has been locked up, leaving Archie damaged but alive in a prison of another kind — addicted to pain pills, unable to return to his old life, powerless to get those ten horrific days or Gretchen off his mind. When another killer begins snatching teenage girls off the streets, Archie has to pull himself together to head up a new task force, but even then he can’t stop him without getting information from Gretchen — an encounter that may destroy him. With Susan Ward, a hungry young newspaper reporter, profiling Archie and his team, Archie, the killer, and Gretchen enter into a dark and deadly game.
Authors Don Winslow (Savages and The Winter Of Frankie Machine) and Chuck Hogan (Prince of Thieves) have (according to Deadline.com) teamed up to write an untitled crime script. The script is a contemporary crime thriller and the plot revolves around two men who inevitably collide, amidst a host of supporting characters.
According to Variety.com, Sean Bean has been signed on to play Detective Benny Griessel in a film based on South African author Deon Meyer’s “Devil’s Peak” book trilogy. Bean will play a recovering alcoholic detective who is struggling to keep his family together, while also trying to solve a case of a vigilante killer who is executing personal vendettas.Devil’s Peak is followed by 13 Hours and 7 Days and will be produced by Malcolm Kohll.