Fresh off his Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in Silver Linings Playbook, Bradley Cooper is understandably fielding a rather high amount of interest at the moment. Just a couple of weeks ago we learned that Warner Bros. was developing the spy-thriller adaptation Dark Invasion as a star vehicle for the actor, and now the studio has set up yet another property for Cooper to headline. Deadline reports that WB has acquired author James Renner’s mystery novel The Man from Primrose Lane and will develop it as a star vehicle for Cooper.
The story centers on a true crime writer who becomes obsessed with investigating a serial killer known as “the man with a thousand mittens” (Mr. Rogers?). As he becomes further embroiled in the case, he realizes that in order to capture the killer “he must look outside the parameters of what he believed to be true about time and space.” I’m not really sure if this belongs under sci-fi, thriller, or both, but I’m sufficiently intrigued. Chad Feehan (Southland) will pen the script. Hit the jump to read the book synopsis.
A mind-bending, genre-twisting debut novel
In West Akron, Ohio, there lived a reclusive elderly man who always wore mittens, even in July. He had no friends and no family; all over town, he was known as the Man from Primrose Lane. And on a summer day, someone murdered him.
Fast-forward four years. David Neff, the bestselling author of a true-crime book about an Ohio serial killer, is a broken man after his wife’s inexplicable suicide. When an unexpected visit from an old friend introduces him to the strange mystery of “the man with a thousand mittens,” David decides to investigate. What he finds draws him back into a world he thought he had left behind forever. And the closer David gets to uncovering the true identity of the Man from Primrose Lane, the more he begins to understand the dangerous power of his own obsessions and how they may be connected to the deaths of both the old hermit and his beloved wife.
Deviously plotted and full of dark wit, James Renner’s The Man from Primrose Lane is an audacious debut that boasts as many twists as a roller coaster. But beneath its turns, it’s a spellbinding story about our obsessions: the dangerous sway they have over us and the fates of those we love. [Amazon]