Warner Bros. has pre-emptively acquired the rights to “Shining City,” a comedic novel by Seth Greenland. Donald De Line is producing.
The book centers on a recently unemployed suburban milquetoast dad whose brother dies and leaves behind a dry cleaning business. He discovers that the business is a front for a prostitution ring, takes it over and starts yuppifying it — giving the girls 401(k)s and health benefits — and bringing on his wife to help run it. When a rival madam finds out about the burgeoning operation, she threatens to take them down.
“Shining” will be published by Bloomsbury.
No writer has been tapped to adapt.
Sarah Schechter is overseeing for Warners.
De Line is in post on the adventure movie “Fool’s Gold,” starring Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson, and is about to begin production on Ridley Scott’s “Body of Lies,” which stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe.
Screenwriter-turned-novelist Greenland (“Arli$$”) also wrote the 2005 comedic novel “The Bones.”
He is repped by Rabineau Wachter Sanford & Harris Literary.