Warner Bros., Sue Kroll Nab Film Rights to Thriller Novel 'Beautiful Bad'

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The upcoming book from Annie Ward is getting a big-screen treatment from Kroll, executive producer of Bradley Cooper’s 'A Star Is Born.'

Warner Bros. Pictures and A Star Is Born executive producer Sue Kroll have picked up film rights to Annie Ward’s debut thriller novel Beautiful Bad.

Kroll will adapt the upcoming book via her Kroll & Co. Entertainment banner after a seven-way auction for the literary work already sold to Park Row Books in the U.S. market. Kroll, a former Warner Bros. marketing chief, launched her production banner with Warners projects making up her initial slate.

Set for a March 2019 publication date, Beautiful Bad portrays a romance and destructive friendship between Maddie, Ian and Jo over multiple continents, including an ordinary family home in Kansas.

"From the very first pages of Beautiful Bad, I was completely hooked. I found the lives of its wonderful, surprising characters and the global and intriguing landscape they inhabit absolutely riveting," Kroll said Tuesday in a statement.

Kroll's other upcoming projects include Edward Norton’s Motherless Brooklyn, John Crowley’s The Goldfinch and producing Cathy Yan’s DC film Birds of Prey, starring Margot Robbie. Kroll worked at Warner Bros. for 24 years before stepping down as part of a shake-up and was given a producer pact with the Hollywood studio as part of her exit.

Ward is repped by CAA and Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency.