Donna Tartt’s sprawling story “The Goldfinch,” which is being adapted for Hollywood by “The Hunger Games” producer Nina Jacobson, took home the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, while Annie Baker’s play “The Flick,” about a trio of movie theater employees, scored the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
“Goldfinch,” published last fall, centers on a boy’s life in the aftermath of a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It hasn’t yet been decided whether the in-development screen adaptation will be a film, a TV series or a miniseries.
Finalists for the fiction award included Philipp Meyer’s “The Son” and Bob Shacochis’ “The Woman Who Lost Her Soul.”
“The Flick” won critical raves but divided audiences in its world premiere last season at Off Broadway’s Playwrights Horizons. The production from Baker and director Sam Gold, the collaborators behind Off Broadway buzzmagnet “Circle Mirror Transformation,” emphasized silences as much as dialogue and ran three hours, generating enough backlash among Playwrights Horizons subscribers that it prompted the org’s artistic director to send out an email explaining the theater’s choice to produce the play.
Scott Rudin has optioned “The Flick” for a commercial transfer, with the production aiming to play Off Broadway’s Barrow Street Theater once the venue’s current occupant, “Buyer and Cellar,” finishes off its run at a date to be determined.
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“Fun Home,” the Jeanine Tesori-Lisa Kron musical that earned acclaim at the Public Theater earlier this season and will likely resurface in a commercial incarnation next season, and Madeleine George’s “The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence” — another Playwrights Horizons offering — were the finalists for the drama award.
Top journalism honors went to The Washington Post and The Guardian for their coverage of the Edward Snowden N.S.A. story.
The full list of Pulitzer winners was announced Monday.