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Paramount has scooped up the film rights to Elan Mastai’s All Our Wrong Todays, one of the hottest titles to emerge from this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair.
Amy Pascal is attached to produce via Pascal Pictures, the new production banner she formed earlier this year, making the acquisition one of her first projects (and the first outside her first-look deal at Sony).
Todays centers on a man from a utopian alternate universe who, through a time travel malfunction, winds up marooned in the real (and messy) 2015. He must decide if he wants to establish a life in this new world or head back to the one he came from.
In his pitch letter to publishers, Mastai wrote, “Imagine if Kurt Vonnegut had decided to tell a story like The Time Traveler’s Wife with the narrative voice of Jonathan Tropper.” The book is said to blend comedy, romance and science fiction.
Mastai will write the script for the adaptation and exec produce.
Paramount executive vp Geoff Stier brought the project into the studio and will supervise.
The book scored an eye-popping $1.25 million sale for North American rights from Dutton.
Mastai is a Toronto-based screenwriter with credits including The Samaritan, starring Samuel L. Jackson, and the Daniel Radcliffe-Zoe Kazan romantic comedy What If. Todays is his debut novel.
He is repped by Gersh, Karl Austen at Jackoway Tyerman and Simon Lipskar at Writers House.