Flight Attendant's Debut Novel Drops First Trailer (Exclusive)

'Falling,' which comes out in July, has already landed a $1.5 million film deal at Universal.

As top writer and director names swirl around the film adaption, T.J. Newman's forthcoming book, Falling, is debuting its first official trailer.

The 56-second tease follows a whirlwind couple of weeks for the 36-year-old author, a one-time flight attendant who, in a matter of days earlier this month, inked both a seven-figure book deal with Simon & Schuster's Avid Reader and a seven-figure pact for the movie rights at Universal.

The project, which began as scribblings on the back on napkins and iPads during Newman's former red-eye route, is set 35,000 feet in the air. The premise: 143 passengers on a crowded flight from New York to L.A. don't know that their pilot's family was kidnapped a half-hour before takeoff. Now, in order for his family to live, the pilot must follow orders and crash their plane.

As is increasingly typical in an IP-obsessed Hollywood, the book, which won't be formally published until July, was almost immediately at the center of a bidding war. As many as 14 major studios, networks, streamers and top filmmakers were said to be pursuing screen rights, which were handled by Shane Salerno at The Story Factory and CAA.

Watch the book's first official trailer above.