Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Director David Fincher Options Crime Thriller Panic Attack by Jason Starr

Panic Attack by Jason Starr

David Fincher, who is directing the film adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo -- we posted the new "official" trailer this morning -- has optioned the 2009 crime thriller Panic Attack by Jason Starr, which will be produced by his own, newly formed company.

In the book, Dr. Adam Bloom has the perfect life. He’s financially secure and lives in a luxurious house with his wife, Dana, and their twenty-two-year-old daughter, Marissa, a recent college graduate. Late one night, his daughter wakes him up and says, “Somebody’s downstairs.” Adam uses his gun to kill one of the unarmed intruders, but the other escapes. From that moment on, everyone’s life in the Bloom household will never be the same.

Adam doesn’t feel safe, not with the other intruder out there somewhere, knowing where he lives. Dana suggests moving, but Adam has lived in the house all his life and he doesn’t want to run away. As the family recovers from the break-in and the Blooms’ already rocky relationship rapidly falls apart, Marissa meets a young, talented artist named Xan. Adam feels that something’s not quite right with Xan, but his daughter ignores his warnings and falls deeply in love with him. When suspicious things start happening to the Blooms all over again, Adam realizes that his first instinct about Xan was probably dead on.

Several of Starr's previous novels are in some stage of development by Hollywood, including the 2007 thriller The Follower, which is in production at Starz.

(Source: New York Magazine.)

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