Random House Studio has acquired the rights to HERE AND GONE from author Haylen Beck for a feature adaptation. The project marks the first venture between the studio, which was recently bought by FremantleMedia North America, and its new production partner, the Chinese company Meridian, which will finance. James Schamus and his Symbolic Exchange banner will co-produce.
Pitched in the vein of Gone Girl, the book is about a woman who is fleeing from her husband with her two children when she gets arrested. During this time, her children suddenly go missing and she is forced to fight to not only clear her name but in the process find her children.
Gone Girl, of course, is the mystery novel from author Gillian Flynn that became a best-seller before being adapted into a critical and box office success from director David Fincher. In the wake of the novel’s success, mystery-thrillers with “strong female protagonists” have become hot literary commodities – with some publishers going so far as adjust titles to include the words ‘gone’ or ‘girl’. Examples include The Girl on the Train, Girl in the Dark, and The Girl Before.
Here and Gone will be published by Crown in 2017.
The film rights deal was negotiated by Avy Eschenasy for Random House, Symbolic, and Meridian with Joel Gotler who negotiated on behalf of Beck through IPG.
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This news was first reported by Deadline.