Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Cinemystery: Marisha Pessl's Literary Thriller Night Film Optioned for Film

Cinemystery: Crime Novels Adapted for Film

Marisha Pessl's soon-to-be-published literary thriller Night Film as been optioned for film by Chernin Entertainment. Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) is attached to direct; a screenwriter has yet to be named.

Pessl's debut novel, Special Topics in Calamity Physics, was the winner in 2006 of the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize sponsored by the Center for Fiction. Night Film will be published in August 2013 by Random House (more details, below).

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Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Night Film
Marisha Pessl

On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley's life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive, cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova — a man who hasn't been seen in public for more than thirty years.

For McGrath, another death connected to this seemingly cursed family dynasty seems more than just a coincidence. Though much has been written about Cordova's dark and unsettling films, very little is known about the man himself.

Driven by revenge, curiosity, and a need for the truth, McGrath, with the aid of two strangers, is drawn deeper and deeper into Cordova's eerie, hypnotic world.

The last time he got close to exposing the director, McGrath lost his marriage and his career. This time he might lose even more.

Night Film by Marisha Pessl, Amazon Kindle format  Night Film by Marisha Pessl, iTune iBook format

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