Warner Bros. is looking to acquire the rights to Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Goldfinch.”
However, sources close to Tartt say the author is still making a decision as to whether to move forward with an adaptation. Warners is the only studio that has shown interest in pursuing the bestseller as a movie project.
Tartt and her team at ICM Partners have been very cautious about how they want the adaptation handled and whether the novel would work better as a film or miniseries.
The book was published last fall and still ranks second on the New York Times bestseller list.
The sprawling story, which takes place over two decades, follows a boy who loses his mother in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He survives the explosion and absconds with Fabritius’ painting, The Goldfinch. The story then follows him as a rich, Upper East Side family takes him in and he later reunites with his father — an alcoholic gambling addict who takes him to Las Vegas.
If a deal is made, Tartt and the studio will then look to find a screenwriter to adapt the property.