The Gothic thriller, the first in a planned trilogy of books, will be published in January by HarperCollins’ Balzer + Bray imprint. Paramount Pictures optioned the book for Fake Empire last August.
Schwartz and Savage will produce via Fake Empire; Lis Rowinski, who oversees the shingle’s film business, brought the project in.
Aguirre-Sacasa is a versatile scribe active in film, TV and theater, as well as comicbooks. He rewrote the book for the Broadway show “Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark” and has been widely credited with making the show a success. He recently completed the script for MGM/Screen Gems’ remake of “Carrie,” based on the Stephen King novel. In addition to serving as a co-producer on Fox’s hit series “Glee,” for which he penned this season’s episode “The First Time,” Aguirre-Sacasa also co-wrote the first season of Marvel’s new “Fantastic Four” comicbook with David Marquez.
Fake Empire is best known as the banner behind the CW’s hit series “Gossip Girl”; its first film, “Fun Size,” hits theaters in October. In addition to producing with Savage, Schwartz directed the pic from a script by Max Werner. Fake Empire is currently developing “Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick,” “Let It Snow,” “The Luxe” and the Savage-scripted “The Likeness.”
Aguirre-Sacasa is repped by WME.