DEAL NEWS: Film/TV rights to Harriet Alida Lye’s THE HONEY FARM

Film/TV rights to Harriet Alida Lye‘s thrilling debut novel, THE HONEY FARM, have sold to Sonya Di Rienzo and Aeschylus Poulos of Hawkeye Pictures. The deal was arranged by Kim Yau of Paradigm on behalf of Stephanie Sinclair.

The novel tells the story of two budding artists who move to a remote farm and begin a romance, as creepy, inexplicable events, possibly orchestrated by the enigmatic woman in charge, start to unfold around them. In the hands of brilliant newcomer Harriet Alida Lye, the natural world is both lovely and menacing, as lushly depicted as the interior lives of her characters. Building to a shocking conclusion, THE HONEY FARM announces the arrival of a bold new voice and offers a thrilling portrait of creation and possession in the natural world.

Hawkeye Pictures is a producer of feature films, tv series, documentaries and digital content. Recent film credits include Sleeping Giant (Cannes Film Festival, Semaine de la Critique); Mary Goes Round (Toronto International Film Festival 2017); and 22 Chaser (2018). The latest project, Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies, is currently in production.

Selected Prepublication praise for Harriet Alida Lye’s THE HONEY FARM (World Rights Available Ex: U.S., Liveright; Canada, Vagrant Press; Australia, Penguin Random House):

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“An aura of mystery, faintly tinged with menace, permeates Canadian author Lye’s sensuous debut novel …Lye offers an achingly lyrical excursion into a lost Eden”
-Publishers Weekly

“Each lyrical line feels like a gift left at the reader’s altar. A honey-mouthed debut ruminating on creation, possession, and faith.” -Kirkus Reviews

“With a strong command of tone and a haunting sense of atmosphere, Lye’s first novel will transfix readers. At times lyrical, biblical, and otherworldly, The Honey Farm is a suspenseful and well-crafted story.” -Booklist

A Quill & Quire Editor’s Pick- “Lye evokes gothic tropes and an aura of foreboding that recall Shirley Jackson and Daphne du Maurier by way of the tortured Catholicism of Flannery O’Connor.” -Quill and Quire

Selected as an April Top Ten for Loan Stars! “A creepy (in the best way) dark tale set on a remote Ontario Honey farm. For fans of The Poisonwood Bible or the novels of Jane Smiley or Louise Erdrich.”

The Honey Farm is a delightful and mistily enigmatic story…I am putting The Honey Farm on the 2018 longlist for a ‘Very Best!’ Book Award for fiction.”
-The Miramichi Reader

“I loved this book. The way Harriet Alida Lye captures and registers moments of encounter with gentleness and specificity, like bees bumping against flowers—there’s magic afoot here.”
-Lauren Elkin, author of Flaneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London (A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice)

“Mysterious, suspenseful, and unnerving, The Honey Farm offers a thrilling narrative that examines the distorted realities and conflicting perceptions that often exist in the quietest places.” –Iain Reid, bestselling author of I’m Thinking of Ending Things, an NPR Best Book of the Year, 2016

The Honey Farm delves into the intimate mysteries of art, madness, religion, and love through a story built with beautiful language and lush sensory detail. Gothic and subtly menacing, it’s a book as rich as the sweet substance at its core.”
-Grace O’Connell, author of Be Ready for the Lightning

“The secret world of bees and the sensuous natural order in all its peril and glory come alive in this mesmerizing, suspenseful novel. Harriet Alida Lye is a writer of prodigious talent and The Honey Farm a thrilling, chills-inducing debut. Brava!”
-Carol Bruneau, award-winning author of Glass Voices and These Good Hands

“Beguiled by the promise of a writers’ retreat, Sylvia leaves her staunchly Catholic family home for the uncertain territory of a honey farm in Northern Ontario. The Honey Farm offers readers an accomplished meditation on love, creativity and the wonder of the natural world, and a gripping exploration of a community that is perhaps not as it seems.”
-Cathy Marie Buchanan, New York Times bestselling author of The Painted Girls

Anonymous Content secures film rights to Iain Reid’s upcoming novel Foe

We are thrilled to share the news that following a competitive bidding war, Anonymous Content (Spotlight, The Revenant, Mr. Robot, True Detective) has secured feature film rights to the upcoming mind-bending novel Foe, from bestselling Canadian author Iain Reid. Kerry Kohansky-Roberts), and Steve Golin will produce, with Reid set to executive produce the film.

Foe follows the story of Junior and Henrietta, who live a comfortable, solitary life on their farm, far from the city lights, but in close quarters with each other. One day, a stranger from the city arrives with alarming news: Junior has been randomly selected to travel far away from the farm … very far away. The most unusual part? Arrangements have already been made so that when he leaves, Henrietta won’t have a chance to miss him, because she won’t be left alone—not even for a moment. Henrietta will have company. Familiar company. An eerily entrancing page-turner, Foe churns with unease and suspense from the first words to its shocking finale.

Foe will publish in Canada on August 7, 2018, with Scout Press/Simon & Schuster U.S. on September 4, 2018, and Scribner UK in Spring 2019, with other territories to follow. Reid is represented by Paradigm on behalf of Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Agency.

Iain Reid’s bestselling debut novel, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, has sold in over twenty countries, and is currently in development for feature film at Netflix with Charlie Kaufman attached to adapt and direct, with Reid co-producing. He is also the author of two memoirs. Follow him on Twitter @reid_iain


The Silent Wife Goes Into Production in 2016

HSSilentWifeCovWe are thrilled to share the exciting news that the movie adaptation of the #2 New York Times bestseller THE SILENT WIFE by A.S.A Harrison, her debut psychological thriller now published in over 30 territories, with over a million copies sold internationally, has been fully financed and begins shooting in 2016. Initially optioned by Nicole Kidman as a “passion project” specifically to play the lead Jodi Brett, the team now includes Oscar-nominated Fatal Attraction director Adrian Lyne and Hollywood screenwriter Billy Ray (Captain Phillips and Hunger Games). Film deal arranged by Dana Spector of Paradigm on behalf of Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency.

Full story in Screen Daily:

EXCLUSIVE: Fatal Attraction director boards script from Captain Phillips writer Billy Ray.

Oscar-nominated Fatal Attraction director Adrian Lyne is set to make his directorial come-back on Nicole Kidman thriller The Silent Wife.

FilmNation has swooped on international sales rights to the package, which is seen as one of the hottest prestige titles heading into the AFM.

In Billy Ray’s (Captain Phillips) buzzed-about screenplay, Kidman will play Jodi, a dedicated wife who, despite her husband Todd’s frequent indiscretions, continues to play the part with immaculate precision.

When confronted with the brutal truth of him leaving her for a younger woman, Jodi will not accept defeat. What begins as a tragic dissolution of a marriage quickly spirals into a game of cat and mouse with calamitous stakes.

First reported on two years ago, the long-time Kidman passion project – based on the original bestselling book by A.S.A. Harrison – has now got fresh impetus through Oscar-nominee Ray’s script and suspense thriller-drama specialist Lyne.

Kidman and Per Saari’s Blossom Films (Rabbit Hole) are producing with Paula Mazur and Mitchell Kaplan’s Mazur/Kaplan Company (Nim’s Island) and Lyne.

Lyne, known for 80’s hits including Flashdance and 1990 romance-drama Indecent Proposal, made his last directorial outing on 2002 romance-thriller Unfaithful, which starred Richard Gere and Diane Lane.

CAA, which represents Lyne, Kidman, and Ray, will handle US sales and brokered the deal with FilmNation for the latter to handle international sales.

The production will next look to cast the male lead before a potential 2016 shoot.

“The Silent Wife is reminiscent of thrillers such as Fatal Attraction, Gone Girl and Unfaithful,” said Mazur.

“In Adrian’s Lyne’s masterful hands, audiences can expect to be thrilled and entertained.”

Kidman, who stars in Ray’s upcoming adaptation of Oscar-winning Spanish-language hit The Secret In Their Eyes, is also represented by attorney Alan Wertheimer at Jackowa Tyerman and Media Talent Group.

Ray is also represented by attorney Peter Nichols at Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman. Mazur/Kaplan is represented by Shelley Surpin of Surpin & Mayersohn.

This year, FilmNation has produced Denis Villeneuve’s Story Of Your Life, starring Amy Adams, and John Lee Hancock’s The Founder with Michael Keaton.

Glen Basner’s New York outfit is in development on The Good House, set to star Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro.

Among Blossom’s development titles is an adaptation of best-seller Reconstructing Amelia, set at HBO, and a biography of singer Dusty Springfield.

Blossom is partnered with Reese Witherspoon’s Pacific Standard Productions on Jean-Marc Vallee’s Big Little Lies, a limited HBO series that will begin filming in January of 2016 and star Kidman and Witherspoon.

Book-cenrtic Mazur/Kaplan’s development slate includes The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society and All The Bright Places set to star Elle Fanning.

Deepa Mehta options Kathleen Winter’s ANNABEL for film

AnnabelDirector Deepa Mehta’s Hamilton Mehta Productions has acquired film rights to Kathleen Winter’s 2010 debut novel Annabel, after the expiry of a previous agreement.

Annabel has been published in 18 countries and was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, Orange Prize for Fiction, and Governor General’s Literary Award. Mehta is known for other book-to-film adaptations, including Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, and for her Academy Award-nominated Water.  Her latest work, Beeba Boys, debuted at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival and will open internationally in October.

The deal was arranged by Shaun Bradley at the Transatlantic Agency.