Jerry Bruckheimer and Paramount Nab Rights to YA Novel ‘The Cruelty’

Paramount and Jerry Bruckheimer have secured the rights to S. Bergstrom’s YA book “The Cruelty,” sources confirm to Variety.

The book was self-published in 2014 and hit the Frankfurt Book Fair last week, causing a stir among foreign buyers and drawing the attention of a number of studios. The book is currently without a domestic publisher.

Bruckheimer, who signed a three year deal with Paramount in 2014, will produce.

The story revolves around a 17-year-old girl who sets off across the dark underbelly of Europe to rescue her father, a kidnapped diplomat. She plunges into a brutal world of arms smuggling and human trafficking as she journeys from the slums of Paris to the nightclubs of Berlin to finally face off against the most feared crime family in Prague.

Daniele Bernfeld will oversee the film for the studio.

The book is the debut novel for Bergstrom who is repped by Kohner Agency.

Bruckheimer is currently in post-production on “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” which stars Johnny Depp and bows on July 7, 2017. For Paramount, he is also developing “Top Gun 2.” He is repped by CAA.

The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

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