'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' Writer to Tackle 'Goldfinch' Movie Adaptation

Peter Straughan, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
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"We went through the book several times, highlighted sections and created a map of the novel on one continuous strip of paper so we had a road map of the plot. We had to combine some characters, lose some scenes and invent new ones while still making sure it stayed true to that lovely, complicated John le Carre world."

Nina Jacobson's Color Force is producing the adaptation of Donna Tartt's novel

Peter Straughan, the writer who was nominated for an Oscar for co-writing Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, has been tapped to adapt Donna Tartt's popular novel The Goldfinch, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Nina Jacobson's Color Force is producing the adaptation, which is set up at Warner Bros. with RatPac also producing and financing.

Goldfinch centers on a 13-year-old boy who loses his mother in a museum bombing, steals a painting ("The Goldfinch," painted by Carel Fabritius in 1654) and then spends his adulthood trying to unravel its mystery. Along the way, he gets adopted by a wealthy Park Avenue family, moves to Las Vegas, befriends a colorful Ukrainian, binges on drugs, enters the antiques business with another bombing victim's partner and chases the mystery of the painting and his family’s past to Amsterdam.

Straughan is already well-liked at the studio, which is in production on Our Brand Is Crisis, a political comedy that he wrote, starring Sandra Bullock.

A lot of Straughan’s work straddles drama and comedy, including The Men Who Stare at Goats and Frank, an indie that features Michael Fassbender in a head mask for a majority of the movie.

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