THE TOWN’s Aaron Stockard to Adapt Crime-Novel STRIP; Producer John Davis Acquires HOURGLASS for Fox

     October 27, 2011


In today’s further adaptation news, we are reporting on two novels that have recently sold feature film rights. First up is author Thomas Perry’s Strip, picked up by Aaron Stockard, the screenwriter behind The Town and Gone Baby Gone. The project centers on the robbery of a strip club owner who sends his mob buddies onto the streets to find out who stole his cash. When his henchmen pin the heist on Joe Carver, Carver gives them the slip and turns the tables on the gangsters themselves.

The feature rights to debut novel Hourglass by author Myra McEntire have gone to Fox and producer John Davis (Gulliver’s Travels). The novel is set in the very bankable genre of young adult romantic fiction. The time-traveling take centers on a teenage girl with visions of the past and a handsome stranger who can see a prophetic future. Action, adventure and romance ensue. Hit the jump for more on Strip and Hourglass.

News of both the Strip (via Deadline) and Hourglass (Deadline) acquisitions come via Deadline. Fernando Loureiro of RT Features will executive produce Strip, along with RT’s Rodrigo Teixeira and Basil Iwanyk of Thunder Road Pictures. RT Features isn’t yet a household name in Hollywood, as they have previously established themselves in Brazil. The team-up with Thunder Road Pictures in the states is suggestive of their desire to develop English language pictures.

Hourglass, published through Egmont, will feature Magnet Pictures’ Brandy Rivers and Mitch Solomon as executive producers. Check out the synopses for Strip and Hourglass below.

Thomas Perry StripStrip synopsis via Amazon:

An aging but formidable strip club owner, Claudiu “Manco” Kapak, has been robbed by a masked gunman as he placed his cash receipts in a bank’s night-deposit box. Enraged, he sends his half-dozen security men out to find a suspect who is spending lots of cash and is new enough to Los Angeles not to know he was robbing a gangster.

Their search leads them to Joe Carver, an innocent but hardly defenseless newcomer who evades capture and sets out to make Kapak wish he’d chosen someone else. Meanwhile, the real culprit, Jefferson Davis Falkins, and his new girlfriend Carrie seem to believe they’ve found a whole new profession: robbing Manco Kapak.

Lieutenant Nick Slosser, the police detective in charge of the puzzling and increasingly violent case, has his own troubles, including worries about how he’s going to afford to send the oldest child of each of his two bigamous marriages to college without making their mothers suspicious.

As this odd series of difficulties explodes into a triple killing, Carver finds himself in the middle of a brewing gang war over Kapak’s little empire, while Falkins and Carrie journey into territory more strange and violent than either had imagined.

Hourglass Myra McEntireHourglass synopsis via Amazon:

One hour to rewrite the past . . .

For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn’t there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She’s tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past.

Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he’s around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened?

Full of atmosphere, mystery, and romance, Hourglass merges the very best of the paranormal and science-fiction genres in a seductive, remarkable young adult debut.



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