Rights Available! Hot Project From New York's "It" Girl and a YA Trilogy Ready to Option

Sloane Crosley's popular college tale 'The Clasp' and Rebecca Ross' female-centric actioner 'Impassioned' are on the blocks.
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'The Clasp'

This story first appeared in the Oct. 16 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

With the Frankfurt Book Fair kicking off in six days, on Oct. 14, there's a flurry of activity expected on the book-to-screen–deal front. Among the hottest properties making the rounds is  Rebecca Ross' latest, Impassioned, the book rights for which were quickly nabbed by HarperCollins in a major preemptive deal, making a film rights pact all the more likely.

The Clasp (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) by Sloane Crosley
Agency: WME

The New York literary scene's "It" girl has made every hot-reads list with this lighthearted adventure about three 20-something college friends whose chance meeting with an old woman at a wedding sets them off on a global pursuit of a valuable necklace lost in France during World War II.

Impassioned (Harper Teen) by Rebecca Ross
Agency: New Leaf Literary & Media

Imagine Game of Thrones' Jon Snow as a female and a dose of Gladiator-like political intrigue and you've got a sense of this just-sold YA trilogy. The last deal between New Leaf and Harper yielded Victoria Aveyard's No. 1 best-seller Red Queen, now being developed by Universal for Elizabeth Banks to direct.