Universal Nabs Gillian Flynn's Ghost Story 'The Grownup'

Natalie Krinsky is attached to pen the script.
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'The Grownup' and Flynn

Universal has won a four-studio bidding war to pick up the rights to Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn's dark and twisted ghost story The Grownup.

Michael De Luca is set to produce the film adaptation, with Natalie Krinsky, who previously wrote for TV series Red Band Society and Gossip Girl, attached to write the script.

The Grownup is a 62-page story that came to fruition when Flynn was asked by Game of Thrones' author George R.R. Martin to write a short story for his Rogues anthology. The story centers on a woman who pretends to be a psychic, but, after meeting a beautiful, rich and unhappy woman named Susan, she finds she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore after visiting Susan’s eerie Victorian home.

Flynn's story hit shelves as a stand-alone hardcover book via Crown on Nov. 3, 2015.

Flynn is known for her dark, psychological thrillers, the most successful of them being Gone Girl, which spent 91 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list after debuting in the number-two spot in 2012. The film adaptation was directed by David Fincher and starred Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Flynn adapted the screenplay for Gone Girl.

Her other book, Dark Places, was adapted into a 2015 film starring Charlize Theron and her first book, Sharp Objects, is being developed for TV by Blumhouse. Flynn has also been working in screenwriting, writing for Fincher's now-shelved HBO series Utopia, and working again with Fincher on Warner Bros.' Strangers on a Train remake, which would star Affleck. She's repped by WME.

Along with her credits on Red Band Society and Gossip Girl, Krinsky adapted popular YA novel I'll Give You the Sun for Warner Bros. She previously wrote the 2011 Black List script The Museum of Broken Relationships, about a woman who decides to blog about the objects she acquires from breakups, and  the wedding-planning story The Knot for Fox. She also adapted J. Courtney Sullivan’s novel The Engagements for Fox 2000, with Reese Witherspoon producing.

She's repped by CAA, Gotham Group and Greenberg Traurig.

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