NEW YORK — Barbra Streisand’s Gotham-based production company has paid five figures up front for exclusive rights to “A Trick of Light,” first-time novelist Karen Blomain’s yet unpublished story about love and family bonds.
Barwood Films, which has an exclusive television deal with King World, plans to turn the tome into a two-hour network made-for.
The purchase was made in an auction Tuesday night by Cis Corman, president of Barwood Films. Corman outbid six other production companies for the rights to the story, said to be a classic tearjerker that will appeal to femme audiences. Corman and Streisand will serve as executive producers.
Despite having circulated since early February, novel has yet to be picked up by a publishing company. The film deal is said to have resurrected publisher interest, and the manuscript is being shopped to the major houses.
“A Trick of Light” is the story of Hattie Darling, a 47-year-old homemaker who, after her husband dies unexpectedly, makes a shocking discovery: The man to whom she had devoted 25 years of her life has another wife and young daughter living in Connecticut. Without ever admitting to them who she is, Hattie moves in with the destitute family and becomes emotionally attached to them. Eventually, she becomes romantically linked with the other wife’s brother.
While Corman told Daily Variety that there are no current plans for Streisand to star in or direct the project, she said the hyphenate has yet to read the manuscript and that “anything is possible.”
Although Blomain is a first-time novelist, she has written and edited several books of poetry. She lives in Kutztown, Pa., where she is a tenured professor of professional writing at Kutztown University.
Blomain is repped by ICM. The book rights are being handled out of Gotham by Linda Bankoff, while Nicole Clemens brokered the film deal from Los Angeles.
ICM also represents Barwood Films.