Best-Seller 'Station Eleven' Acquired by 'Jane Got a Gun' Producer (Exclusive)

Station Eleven Cover - P 2015
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Station Eleven Cover - P 2015

Scott Steindorff lands film and TV rights to the postapocalyptic drama.

Producer Scott Steindorff has acquired film and TV rights to Emily St. John Mandel's best-selling novel Station Eleven.

The project — a postapocalyptic drama that is set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse following a pandemic — will be produced by Steindorff and Dylan Russell. Station Eleven revolves around a Hollywood star, his would-be savior and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

The producers paid six digits for the novel, which was optioned from Holly Frederick at Curtis Brown in New York, in a deal negotiated by Russell and Steindorff. There's no talent attached yet. Steindorff, who is a producer on the upcoming Jane Got a Gun, will hire a writer first. A number of directors are circling the material, which was a New York Times best-seller for eight weeks. Station Eleven was one of the best-reviewed books of 2014, drawing raves from the Times, The New Yorker and others.

Steindorff also produced Jon Favreau's Chef last year.