The studio’s division owned by ViacomCBS, headed by Jeremy Kramer, is considering lower budgets for contemporary black thrillers and is specifically looking for diverse and perhaps first-time writers and directors to create the world.
Hurwitz is the bestselling author of “Orphan X” and will produce the films alongside Emmy winner Scott Frank, producer of Netflix’s “The Queen’s Gambit”. The latter brought the books to the workshop. While not connected by a central character, Hurwitz’s novels are among the most beloved of the kettle genre – typically invoking heinous crimes or geopolitical intrigue. The film adaptations would be thematically linked.
Full optional titles include “Do No Harm”, “The Crime Writer”, “Trust No One”, “They Watch”, “You’re Next”, “The Survivor”, “Tell No Lies” and “Don ne don’t look back Clarence Hammond and Nathan Samdahl will oversee the Paramount Players projects.
Hurwitz said there was “no talent I admire more than Scott Frank and no one I would be happier to partner with on adaptations of these books.” I am grateful to Paramount Players for giving us this opportunity. These thrillers are about ordinary men and women who find extraordinary strength in themselves and our goal is to relate these stories to writers who are at the start of their own journey to the exceptional.
Discussing the current climate for aspiring screenwriters, Hurwitz added that “it’s so difficult to get into screenwriting today and Scott and I are excited to find new voices to collaborate with. and support “.
Hurwitz has written 22 books and is currently co-chair of International Thriller Writers. Her screenwriting credits include Naomi Watts’ drama “The Book of Henry” and Jason Momoa’s Netflix thriller “Sweet Girl”. On television, he has contributed to shows such as “Queen of the South” and the ABC “V” science fiction series. He is also the author of DC and Marvel comics and contributes to publications such as The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian.
He is represented by Angela Cheng Caplan of Cheng Caplan Company, Lisa Erbach Vance of the Aaron M. Priest literary agency and Stephen Breimer of Brecheen Feldman Breimer Silver & Thompson.
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