Producer Scott Rudin has landed “Wonder Boys” author Michael Chabon’s next novel, “Hatzeplatz,” paying $250,000 against $1 million to option the book via his production deal at Paramount.
Deal comes as Chabon, who won the Pulitzer Prize last year for “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay,” is moving ahead with several new projects.
He’s talking to Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater about a deal for film and theatrical rights to his recent New Yorker short story “The God of Dark Laughter.”
He’s adapting “K and C” for Rudin and Paramount. (Rudin also produced the Chabon novel “Wonder Boys.”) After submitting a third draft of the script Sept. 17, Chabon wrote on his Web site, “The wondrous Mr. Rudin does not seem inclined to fire me; not yet, at least.”
Another of Chabon’s short stories from the New Yorker, “Along the Frontage Road,” has just been selected for the forthcoming edition of “Best American Short Stories.”
He’s in talks to develop an actual comicbook based on a comicbook depicted in “K and C.”
And he’s just delivered the manuscript of his kids book “Summerland” to Talk Miramax Books. Miramax holds film rights to that project.
“Hatzeplatz,” which Rudin optioned from a 1½-page proposal, is a thriller set in an imaginary world inspired by FDR’s short-lived plan during WWII to create a Jewish homeland in Alaska, rather than in the Middle East. Chabon’s protagonist is a Jewish detective, married to an Eskimo, who sets out to solve a murder in the community.
Random House, which published “K and C,” has an option on “Hatzeplatz,” but there hasn’t yet been a publishing deal. Chabon is likely to finish the manuscript within the next two years.
Chabon is repped by CAA and Mary Evans Inc. and Colden, McKuin and Frankel.