Barely days after closing a publishing deal with Little Brown, the screen rights to Matthew Quirk’s first novel The Five Hundred have been purchased by 20th Century Fox. According to Deadline, the movie deal was worth “low-to-mid six figures against low seven figures”. It has been likened to John Grisham’s The Firm, but against a backdrop of political intrigue.
Prior to this two book deal, Quirk was a journalist at The Atlantic, reporting on crime, terrorism and drugs. The Five Hundred will be the first novel in what is currently a two book deal with Little Brown. No doubt both Little Brown and 20th Century Fox are hoping that this could be the birth of a franchise. Hit the jump for the synopsis.
Here’s a synopsis of Matthew Quirk’s The Five Hundred:
The Five Hundred details the livelihood of Mike Ford, a young Harvard Law student who graduates and is recruited by a powerful PR/ consulting firm in DC. The firms founder, a man with connections to the 500 hundred most powerful people in politics, becomes his mentor, but it isn’t long before Ford begins to suspect that he may have sold his soul to the proverbial devil.
As well as the initial comparisons to The Firm, after reading the synopsis I was also reminded a little of The Devil’s Advocate (minus the crazy surrealism), but then Hollywood loves nothing better than rehashing stories we’ve heard time and again. And who knows? Maybe this will be an interesting new take. Either way, it’s a long way off as the first step will be to allocate a producer.