11:00am PT by Rebecca Ford, Andy Lewis
Rights Available! Mystery Podcast and Screenwriter's Debut Novel Ready to Option
This story first appeared in the Oct. 30 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
With the success of Serial, multipart, long-form podcasts are getting a close look in Hollywood. One that's attracting lots of attention is the mockumentary Limetown, which purports to investigate the disappearance of a group of neuroscientists (and their families). A Hollywood screenwriter is also attracting attention — but not for a script. Elan Mastai's (What If) deal for his debut novel is generating more buzz that anyone's — other that Amy Schumer.
Limetown by Zack Akers and Skip Bronkie
Only three episodes in (out of a projected seven), this fictional podcast described as Serial meets The X-Files already is drawing rave reviews. The faux-documentary mystery explores how 327 people — neuroscientists working on a top-secret project and their families — disappeared without a trace.
All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai (Dutton)
Agencies: Gersh, Writers House
A $1 million-plus advance and buzz among buyers at October's Frankfurt Book Fair have made the screenwriter's debut novel (set to be published in 2016) the most talked-about book deal of the fall. A young man travels from a utopian alternate world to ours, where he must decide whether to stay or return.