Attention, Hollywood: 2 Hot New Books Ripe for Optioning

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Camille Perri's 'The Assistants' and Frederic Dannay's 'Ellery Queen' have Hollywood appeal.

This story first appeared in the April 10 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

The Assistants by Camille Perri (Putnam)
Agents: Kerry Sparks (Levine Greenberg Rostan), Dana Spector (Paradigm)

Though publication is a year away, the first novel by Cosmopolitan’s book editor, about assistants scheming to pay off student loans by stealing from their billionaire boss, already is getting attention for its killer pitch: "The Devil Wears Prada meets Office Space."

Ellery Queen by Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee 
Agent: Joshua Bilmes (Jabberwocky Literary)

A new deal for publishing and audio book rights was just struck to reprint more than 50 novels featuring the venerable detective, who dates back to 1928 and has appeared in three different television series. Full rights have reverted to the authors’ estate.