‘The Goldfinch’ Lands a Writer for Big Screen Adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novel
Donna Tartt’s ‘The Goldfinch’ has been one of the most talked about books of the last year—spending 39 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and picking up a Pulitzer Prize didn’t hurt, either. Tartt’s novel is getting an inevitable film adaptation thanks to Brett Ratner’s production company and Warner Bros., and has just landed a promising screenwriter to help make the translation from page to screen: Peter Straughan, who previously penned the screenplay for ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.’
Deadline reports that after picking up the rights to the novel last summer, WB has selected Straughan to adapt ‘The Goldfinch.’ Straughan’s previous screenwriting credits also include ‘The Men Who Stare at Goats’ and this year’s indie film ‘Frank,’ which starred Michael Fassbender as an enigmatic musician who wears a papier-mâché head.
‘The Goldfinch’ is set in New York, and tells the story of 13 year-old Theo Decker, the survivor of a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that leaves his mother dead. Theo steals the Carel Fabritius painting the Goldfinch and, abandoned by his father, is taken in by a wealthy family, but finds that he’s an outsider in this new, elite society. The novel follows Theo over the course of 20 years, as he stays connected to his mother through the painting, which draws him into the underworld of art.
The film is being produced by Ratner, Brad Simpson, and Nina Jacobson—Jacobson is also a producer on ‘The Hunger Games‘ films, which makes the prospect of this adaptation all the more intriguing. Jacobson has worked closely with author Suzanne Collins on adapting ‘The Hunger Games’ and has delivered one of the most successful, compelling, and massively appealing franchises in the world. With Jacobson on board, this adaptation of ‘The Goldfinch’ already seems pretty exciting.