Warner Bros. has acquired film rights to Donna Tartt's
Brett Ratner's RatPac Entertainment has also come aboard to produce with Nina Jacobson (
Tartt's dense, ambitious novel unfolds over two decades and nearly 800 pages, telling the story of a 13-year-old boy who loses his mother in a terrorist bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Virtually orphaned, he keeps a tiny Carel Fabritius painting stolen from the site of the tragedy with him as he makes his way through the world, is taken in by a wealthy family and later reunites with the alcoholic father who abandoned him.
"The Goldfinch," published in October, won the Pulitzer for fiction in April and has been on the New York Times bestseller list for 39 weeks.
With the closing of the Warner Bros. deal, which has been in the works for several weeks, "The Goldfinch" becomes Tartt's second novel to land at the studio; Warner acquired "The Secret History" several years ago.