Warners nabs novel ‘Ghostman’

Tyro's thriller sells for near seven figures

In what amounts to a deal worth close to a million dollars, Warner Bros. has acquired screen rights to Roger Hobbs’ debut thriller novel “The Ghostman,” which Knopf will publish Stateside later this year.

The 23-year-old author, who finished the first draft of the novel while still a senior at Reed College, has also landed a blind script deal at Warners.

“Ghostman” follows Jack, one of the most successful armed robbers in the world, whose persona has been neatly disguised through years of stagecraft. A casino heist gives him the chance to make a killing in cash — or be killed in the process.

Kevin McCormick will produce through his production company Langley Park, whose Rory Koslow brought the project in.

Several other studios were in the mix for “Ghostman,” and Paul Haggis has expressed interest in the material, though he is not currently attached to the project.

McCormick is the former president of production at WB who segued into a producing deal two years ago. He and Dan Lin are producing WB’s “Gangster Squad,” which stars Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling. He’s also a producer on Warners’ remake of “The Thin Man,” with Johnny Depp set to reunite with director Rob Marshall.

Hobbs is repped by Joel Gotler at IPG and Sobel Weber Associates.

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