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Warner Bros., Margot Robbie’s LuckyChap Entertainment and producer Denise Di Novi are teaming up to adapt Beautiful Things, a novel by Gin Phillips.
Warners has picked up movie rights to the thriller, which LuckyChap will produce along with Di Novi and Di Novi Pictures’ Alison Greenspan.
The book option is the first move for LuckyChap since it signed a first look deal with Warner Bros. in September, on the heels of Robbie forging a strong relationship with the studio thanks to such movies as Suicide Squad and The Legend of Tarzan.
Phillips’ novel sold to Viking in the run-up to October’s Frankfurt Book Fair for a reported $850,000. The hook is compelling: The story is set over three hours and tells of a mother and son who are trapped in a zoo with a gunman on the loose.
LuckyChap is comprised of Robbie, Tom Ackerley, Josey McNamara and Sophia Kerr. It is unclear at this stage if Robbie will star in the adaptation.
Di Novi, a longtime producer for Warners, counts The Best of Me and You’re Not You as her recent credits. She worked with Robbie when she produced Focus, the 2015 heist movie that also starred Will Smith, and is making her directorial debut with Unforgettable, a thriller which stars Rosario Dawson and Katherine Heigl that will be released next year.
LuckyChap is in preproduction on I, Tonya, which will head before cameras in early 2017.
LuckyChap is repped by CAA, Management 360 and attorney Jeff Bernstein of Jackoway Tyerman. Phillips is repped by UTA, who handled the deal on behalf of InkWell Management.