After previously snagging Killers of the Flower Moon, Imperative Entertainment has made another big buy with the novel TANGERINE. George Clooney’s Smokehouse Pictures is attached to produce and Scarlett Johansson has come aboard to star. The deal has reportedly landed in the mid-six figures against a million plus.
The story is set in 1950s Morocco is about a woman named Alice Shipley who tries to leave both her past and her college roommate behind after the man she intends to marry suddenly dies. Years later, she reconnects with that same roommate, Lucy, and then Alice’s husband disappears. The mystery leaves Alice to wonder if Lucy is as dangerous as she thinks or whether she is imaging things.
The novel was written by Christine Mangan and was also her debut novel. It was published by Ecco/HarperCollins. CAA negotiated the deal with the Book Group.
Imperative’s Bradley Thomas and Dan Friedkin produce with Smokehouse’s Clooney and Grant Heslov. Imperative’s VP of Content, Jillian Apfelbaum, is overseeing development and will be a co-producer.