NEW YORK — Sonnenfeld/Josephson has paid low against mid-six figures for “The Northeast Kingdom,” a novel by Chuck Hogan that is a blueprint for a combination of “Con Air” and “The Rock,” this time with a female protagonist.
Hogan, who last wrote “The Standoff,” a novel bought by New Line, this time focuses on a small Vermont town that gets turned upside down when it is taken over in a siege by 300 dangerous criminals who have broken out of a nearby hi-tech prison. Stuck in the middle of it is a female crime novelist who’d been at the prison doing research for a book. The book will be shopped to publishers shortly.
The book leaked in unfinished form and several studios sparked to it. But Sonnenfeld/Josephson, eyeing a big- budget actioner, moved quickest. Caroline Andoscia and Jason Anthony led the siege for Sonnenfeld/Josephson with Disney exec Todd Garner. ICM’s Binky Urban and Alicia Gordon repped the author.