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‘Heartbreaker’ heats Winter

Garwood's 17th bestseller to hit the silver screen

Winter Films, Michael B. Kahn’s fledgling Gotham indie, has made its first inroads into big-ticket publishing, optioning world rights to Julie Garwood’s bestselling romantic suspense novel, “Heartbreaker.”

Recently published by Pocket Books, “Heartbreaker” is Garwood’s 17th bestseller. It also marks her first departure from historical fiction: The story concerns an FBI agent assigned to protect the sister of a priest who has learned in the confessional that her life is imperiled. There are more than 30 million copies of Garwood’s books in print.

“We will immediately start looking for the appropriate writer to draft a screenplay and will look to partner with a studio to develop and produce this blockbuster novel into a feature-length film,” Kahn said.

Winter Films is now seeking U.S. and foreign distribution for its first feature, “Ropewalk,” an ensemble comedy starring Fred Ward and Lesley Ann Warren, currently in post-production.

Garwood was repped by AMG’s Joel Gotler. Winter Films was repped by COO Erick J. Feitshans.

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