Film rights to John Burdett's BANGKOK 8 and his two subsequent police thrillers set in Bangkok, featuring Buddhist police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep, in a new option to Millennium Films, with James McTeigue (V For Vendetta) directing, by Ron Bernstein, at auction, on behalf of Jane Gelfman at Gelfman Schneider. (Foreign book rights are represented by Betsy Robbins at Curtis Brown UK.)
Two new thrillers by Simon Kernick, the first featuring a kidnap-attempt gone badly wrong, again to Selina Walker at Transworld, by Amanda Preston of LBA (UK/Commonwealth).
Michael Cordy's thriller THE SOURCE, about the surprise deciphering of the elusive Voynich manuscript at Yale's Beinecke Library by a young female professor, leading to the discovery of what seems to be a Garden of Eden deep in the jungles of Peru -- and a fight between the Vatican and various scholars for possession of the secrets which the garden contains, again to Bill Scott-Kerr at Bantam UK, by Patrick Walsh at Conville & Walsh. US rights will be submitted shortly.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
From this week's Publishers Lunch: