Dreamworks Wins War For “Mystic River” Author Dennis Lehane’s “Since We Fell”


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may be best known for his award-winning novel, Mystic River, which was adapted into a successful film that earned six Oscar nominations with two wins (Best Actor, Sean Penn; Best Supporting Actor, Tim Robbins). He also wrote Gone, Baby, Gone which was adapted by Ben Affleck and earned Amy Ryan an Oscar nomination. Not to mention his writing credits on The Wire, Boardwalk Empire and Castle. It’s that pedigree that triggered a bidding war over his latest novel, SINCE WE FELL–which Dreamworks finally won this week.

The novel is a Gone Girl-like psychological thriller alternately unreliably narrated by a paranoiac and slightly agoraphobic woman and her con artist husband who is being hunted by some very bad guys over a botched venture capital swindle.


Although Mystic River and Gone, Baby, Gone both have elements of a psychological thriller–at the very least, traumatized and damaged protagonists–Since We Fell may be more closely related to Lehane’s novel Shutter Island, which was adapted into a ghostly thriller by Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio.

The book does not have a publishing date yet, but is being handled by and Harper Collins. at the Company is repping the book, and at IPG is overseeing the film rights. 


 | Staff Writer

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