Rights Available! 5 Hot New Books With Hollywood Appeal

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Betty Robinson

A biography of the first female Olympic gold medalist and a thriller that has Hugh Jackman attached are both ripe for optioning.

A version of this story first appeared in the May 15 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Like a bride’s outfit, this week’s batch of hot books making the rounds in Hollywood features something old and something new. Studio executives and producers who wait on the sidelines might be left feeling blue.

Phenomenon: Betty Robinson and the Victory of the First Olympic Women by Roseanne Montillo (Crown)
Agency: Rob Weisbach Creative Management

Pitched as a true story in the spirit of Unbroken and A League of Their Own, this book is the biography of the first female Olympic gold medalist (100 meters, in 1928), who recovered from a 1931 plane crash that left her in a seven-month coma and later won a second gold at the 1936 Games.

Six Years by Harlan Coben (Signet)
Agency: WME

Hugh Jackman is still attached to this thriller about a man searching for his lost love that was set up at Paramount in 2013 but now is without a studio.

The Drowned Detective by Neil Jordan (Bloomsbury UK)
Agency: Casarotto Ramsay & Associates

Still in manuscript form, the latest novel from the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Crying Game revolves around a private detective trying to find a missing girl while his wife struggles with the implications of her discoveries on an archaeological dig.

The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists — Tenth Anniversary Edition by Neil Strauss (Regan Books)
Agency: CAA

Journalist Strauss revisits the terrain of his best-selling nonfiction book (more than 2.5 million copies sold) for an updated edition that will be published Nov. 16. The dating man's manifesto catches up with the characters from the original who are as slick as ever.

Dreamland by Sam Quinones (Bloomsbury)
Agency: Hotchkiss & Associates

In the vein of the movie Traffic, the nonfiction book chronicles the current opiate epidemic in the United States through separate storylines.