Company acquires feature rights to bestselling book

Anonymous Content (“Winter’s Bone”) has decided to go “Cutting for Stone,” snagging feature rights to Abraham Verghese’s bestseller from publisher Vintage Books.

Rosalie Swedlin and Steve Golin will produce “Cutting for Stone,” which centers on twin brothers born of a forbidden union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon in a mission hospital in Ethiopia. Orphaned by their mother’s death and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of the modern world.

The novel’s currently No. 4 on the New York Times bestsellers list and has been on the trade paperback listing for a year, with more than 1 million copies in print in 25 languages. It’s the first novel for Verghese, who was born in Ethiopia in 1955 and is currently senior associate chairman for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at Stanford U.

“Dr. Verghese’s wonderful novel evokes a world so vivid and populated which such rich characters, I knew I wanted to see it come alive onscreen,” Swedlin said.

Golin said, “We feel this book represents the kind of challenging and humanistic storytelling Anonymous aspires to produce.”

Anonymous produced “Babel” and “Rendition.” It recently wrapped production on Universal’s “Everybody Loves Whales” and acquired rights to Wes Jones’ “College Republicans,” which chronicles the nascent political career of Karl Rove.

Literary agent Mary Evans of Mary Evans Inc., attorney David Colden and UTA brokered the deal with Anonymous on behalf of Verghese.

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