You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Toronto: Niv Kaplan’s Thriller ‘Tracks’ in the Works as Movie

In a pre-Toronto Film Festival movie, Uri Singer’s BB Film Productions has launched development of Niv Kaplan’s mystery-espionage thriller “Tracks,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The project is being repped by Cinetic at the Toronto Film Festival. BB Film has optioned the book’s film and television rights.

Tracks” centers on a grieving father in Israel who is searching for any traces of his kidnapped child while forming an international organization that tracks other missing children. He turns to a secret outfit for aid then discovers a scheme to use children to spread terror.

“Tracks” was ranked at the top of Amazon’s mystery, thriller and suspense categories after it was released in 2012. It became Amazon’s top seller of any Israeli book.

“Reading ‘Tracks’ makes the reader feel immediately like they are in a movie,” Singer said. “This book feels so relevant and timely, and the subject matter so important that it must be brought to the screen. I am excited to own and be a part of this voyage. Niv, the writer, is already working on the sequel, which again, is so timely and relevant.”

Kaplan was born in an Israeli kibbutz and served in an Israeli reconnaissance outfit in the Israeli Special Forces. He has for more than two decades in the aerospace industry marketing products for fighter aircraft.

Singer’s producing credits include “Experimenter” starring Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and Michael Almereyda’s upcoming “Marjorie Prime” starring Jon Hamm, Tim Robbins, Geena Davis and Lois Smith.

In April, BB Film Productions and Bleiberg Entertainment announced that they would produce “Predilection” to be directed by Marcio Garcia from a screenplay by Nate Parker (“The Birth of a Nation”). The movie is inspired by Garcia’s short, “Predileção,” about a low-level criminal who meets a legendary thief during a brief jail stint.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Beyonce Knowles'The Lion King' film premiere,

    ABC Announces Behind-the-Scenes Special for Beyoncé's 'Lion King' LP

    ABC has announced a new behind-the-scenes look into the making of Beyoncé’s “The Lion King: The Gift” LP, which is set to air September 16 on ABC at 10 p.m. EST. Titled “Beyoncé Presents: Making the Gift,” the new hour-long special will allow viewers to “experience the process” behind the “Lion King” companion album, according [...]

  • Jason Lei Howden, Samara Weaving and

    Daniel Radcliffe On Acting With Weapons Nailed To Your Hands

    How did “Guns Akimbo” director and writer Jason Lei Howden convince Daniel Radcliffe to play a character with guns nailed to his hands? Easy, he sent him the script. Radcliffe joined Howden and “Ready or Not’s” breakout star Samara Weaving in the Variety’s Toronto Film Festival studio, presented by AT&T to talk the limits of [...]

  • Box Office: It Chapter Two Maintains

    Box Office: 'It: Chapter Two' Continues International Reign With $47 Million

    Pennywise’s reign of terror hasn’t wavered: Warner Bros.’ “It Chapter Two” maintained first place on box office charts, led by another strong showing overseas. The sequel, based on Stephen King’s horror novel, generated another $47 million at the international box office for a foreign tally of $169 million. After two weeks of release, “It Chapter [...]

  • First still from the set of

    Taika Waititi’s 'Jojo Rabbit' Wins Top Prize at Toronto Film Festival Awards

    Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit” has won the coveted People’s Choice Award at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. The honor positions the film for a potential Oscar run and bolsters its awards chances. That’s good news for Fox Searchlight, which must have been disappointed by the lackluster critical reception for the movie, a dark comedy [...]

  • Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez star

    Box Office: 'Hustlers' Racks Up Solid $33 Million Debut, 'Goldfinch' Bombs

    “Hustlers” rolled in the Benjamins this weekend, collecting $33.2 million when it debuted in 3,250 North American theaters. Boosted by rave reviews and stellar word of mouth, “Hustlers” beat expectations and now ranks as the best start for an STX film, along with the biggest live-action opening weekend for stars Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu. [...]

  • German Cinema Is Diverse, But Is

    German Cinema Is Varied, But Is It Too Risk Averse?

    One of the strengths of German cinema is its diversity, says Simone Baumann, managing director of the national film promotion agency German Films. As well as the three films at Toronto directed by female German helmers, there was also German filmmaker Thomas Heise’s documentary film essay “Heimat Is a Space in Time.” Then there were [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content