Warner Bros. has purchased the film rights to Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Goldfinch,” according to media reports.
Earlier this month, Variety reported that Tartt worried the book might be better served by television. “Tartt and her team at ICM Partners have been very cautious about how they want the adaptation handled and whether the novel would work better as a film or miniseries,” Variety wrote.
Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment will produce the adaptation, according to media reports, joining with “The Hunger Games” producer Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson. Ratner also directed “Hercules” and the films in the “Rush Hour” franchise.
Tartt’s novel is 784 pages long and follows a grieving 13-year-old boy, whose fate becomes intertwined at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art with a small portrait of a bird painted by Carel Fabritius in 1654. A bomb explodes in the museum, sending the boy on a journey that will take him to an antiques shop, and to Las Vegas and Amsterdam and other places.
Released last fall, “The Goldfinch” has spent 39 weeks on the New York Times’ bestseller list. Warner Bros. long ago acquired the rights to Tartt’s 1992 book, “The Secret History,” which has yet to reach the screen.
The film deal on “The Goldfinch” was first reported by Deadline.
“I’d heard that the studio’s glacial pace on ['The Secret History'] was a reason this deal took so long, but this is flat out a coup for the studio, a real prestige title,” Mike Fleming Jr. wrote for Deadline.
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