Zwick will play with ‘Toys’ for Paramount

Script based on unpublished novel by Desmond

Helmer Ed Zwick will direct “Toys of Desperation” for Paramount Pictures, based on a script from Steve Gaghan (“Rules of Engagement”).

Pic is being produced by Lynda Obst Prods. and by Zwick, based on the as-yet unpublished novel of the same name by John Guinness.

Its actual author is none other than ICM New York literary assistant Sean Desmond, whose name will ultimately appear on the novel when it is published by St. Martin’s Press.

“It’s a somewhat Gothic story, but with a contemporary voice,” explained Zwick of his attraction to it, adding “and yet it’s also deeply romantic.”

The novel’s storyline follows a young Ivy League student who is haunted by an apparition — one who, having killed a girlfriend 50 years earlier, now seems intent on framing the youth for a similar murder.

Zwick is repped by CAA. Gaghan is repped by David Kanter at UTA.

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