Universal Nabs Sloane Crosley's Debut Novel 'The Clasp' (Exclusive)

The author of 'I Was Told There’d Be Cake' will adapt her novel for the big screen, while Helen Estabrook will produce.
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Sloane Crosley

Universal has optioned the film rights to Sloane Crosley's debut novel The Clasp.

Crosley, who previously wrote two collections of best-selling personal essays (I Was Told There’d Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number?) will adapt her own novel for the big screen. 

The Clasp, which hit shelves on Oct. 6 via Farrar, Straus and Giroux, follows a group of estranged friends who are reunited for an extravagant wedding of a college friend. They end up going on a globe-trotting search for a historic necklace stolen by Nazis in World War II.

Oscar-nominated producer Helen Estabrook, who executive produced the first season of Hulu's Casual and also produced 2014 drama Whiplash, will produce the project. Universal production vp Sara Scott will oversee for the studio.

Estabrook is next producing Nick Hornby’s adaptation of the Skip Hollandsworth article I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family, which is being developed for Jason Reitman to direct. She will also produce the second season of Casual. Estabrook is repped by WME and Felker Toczek.

Crosley has written for Esquire, GQ, Bon Appetit, Elle, New York magazine and Vice, among others. She released two sets of personal essays — 2008's I Was Told There’d Be Cake (which was a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor) and 2011's How Did You Get This Number? — before making her novel debut with The Clasp. She is repped by WME and Sloane Offer.