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John Crowley Eyed to Direct Adaptation of ‘The Goldfinch’

John Crowley is in talks to direct the highly anticipated adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Goldfinch.”

Warner Bros. acquired the rights to the sought after novel in 2014 and tapped Peter Straughan to adapt the script. With a script now in, Crowley soon rose to the top of the list of people to helm the project and insiders now say an offer has been put on the table.

The story, which takes place over two decades, follows a 13-year-old boy who loses his mother in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He survives the explosion, steals the Carel Fabritius painting the Goldfinch, gets taken in by an Upper East Side family and eventually reunites with his father, an alcoholic gambling addict who takes him to Las Vegas.

RatPac is financing the project with principal Brett Ratner producing, joining with “The Hunger Games” producer Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson through their Color Force banner. RatPac’s James Packer will exec produce.

Crowley is coming off his Fox Searchlight drama “Brooklyn” which was nominated for several Academy Awards including Best Picture.

He is repped by WME and Casarotto Ramsay & Associates. Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.

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