Novelist Brown cuts first film deal


Sandra Brown has sold the option on her 1996 legal thriller "The Witness" to TwinStar Entertainment.

It's the first time in her 27-year career that Brown, who has written 56 New York Times best-sellers and has 70 million copies of her books in print, has made a movie deal.

Broken Road Prods.' Todd Garner ("Anger Management") and TwinStar executive vp Lane Shefter Bishop will produce the feature film version, with TwinStar CEO Russell Werdin executive producing.

Brown has turned down several offers to adapt her books over the years. "Some excellent books have been made into excellent movies, but just as often the film renditions were bad," she said. "For decades I've been developing a 'voice' my readers recognize and expect. Lane Bishop approached me with a full understanding and appreciation of that voice."

"Witness" centers on idealistic public defender Kendall Deaton, who discovers a dark secret in the forest near her small South Carolina town. It leads her to turn state's witness against her white supremacist ex-husband and father-in-law as she struggles to discover whom she can trust.

The film will be one of the first features from TwinStar, which owns a library of original stories and options on film and literary properties aimed at a wide audience.

TwinStar is repped by Paradigm and Steven Beer of Greenberg Traurig in New York. Brown is repped by the Maria Carvainis Agency.