'Brooklyn' Helmer to Direct Donna Tartt's 'The Goldfinch'

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John Crowley

It's a huge assignment considering the book's prestige, and John Crowley is an apt choice given that both 'Brooklyn' and 'The Goldfinch' are coming-of-age stories that largely take place in New York.

Warner Bros. has found its director for the big-screen adaptation of Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch.

Brooklyn helmer John Crowley will direct the film, which is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning and best-selling novel that sparked a frenzy when it was published in 2013, marking the Secret History author's first book in 11 years.

It's a huge assignment considering the book's prestige, and Crowley is an apt choice given that both Brooklyn and The Goldfinch are coming-of-age stories that largely take place in New York. The Goldfinch centers on Theo Decker, who is a 13-year-old New Yorker when the story begins. His mother is killed during a terrorist attack at a museum in the city, but Theo survives, beginning an odyssey that involves one of the museum's paintings. By the end of the story, Theo is 26 years old, making casting an interesting decision. Presumably, the studio will have to use at least two actors to play the protagonist.

Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) adapted.

Greg Silverman and Courtenay Valenti are overseeing for the studio, which will begin casting in the fall.

RatPac Entertainment is co-financing and producing.

Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson are producing through their Color Force banner alongside RatPac’s Brett Ratner. James Packer is executive producing. 

Crowley is repped by WME and Casarotto Ramsay & Associates.

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