Random House opens ‘Case’

McDonald's tome is next project on pic slate

Random House Films has set the next project on its development slate, optioning Ross McDonald’s “The Galton Case” from publisher’s own backlist.

The 1959 book, a breakout for the mystery writer, features his hallmark character Lew Archer.

Venture prexy Peter Gethers acknowledged that the project would be tricky to update because present-day procedurals have made auds more accustomed to modern forms of crime-solving.

But he said he also believed philosophical and narrative elements in story could turn it into a hit akin to “L.A. Confidential” or even “A History of Violence,” given the story’s emphasis on long-buried secrets.

As with other RH Films projects, Gethers and Focus Features topper James Schamus will develop “Galton” jointly.

Gethers also noted that the project reflects a larger mission to choose from diverse genres and imprints at the country’s largest publisher. Other RH Films projects, which include the character-driven “Reservation Road,” politically inflected “Curveball” and Dean Koontz thriller “The Husband,” reflect the company’s diverse imprints, with the latest buy repping company’s deep backlist.

Gethers said he still hopes to develop a female-oriented project from the Random House catalog.

McDonald hasn’t had a major screen adaptation in several decades, but Gethers said the project could help spark a revival that will in turn help spur sales of Random House tomes.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety