EXCLUSIVE: Productive writer James Patterson has signed an initial deal with Sharp Objects Studio eOne and has an adaptation of his upcoming novel The Noise as the first project under the deal.
He’s signed on to his production company, James Patterson Entertainment, which already has credits for series like the CBS drama Instinct and Zoo and Netflix’s recent Jeffrey Epstein miniseries.
The deal will include television and new media, including scripted and non-written scripts, with eOne managing the worldwide rights and acting as the studio for all projects under the partnership.
James Patterson Entertainment had already signed a first contract with CBS Television Studios in 2014.
His upcoming book The Noise, a thriller that surrounds a deadly scientific conundrum, will be the first project development under the deal. The book, due out next year, is told through the eyes of two young sisters who live in the Oregon wilderness and the brilliant doctor who tries to save them. The mystery deepens when a destructive force threatens humanity, as we know. Sounds pretty suitable for 2020.
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Patterson is one of the world’s best-selling authors and has written around 150 books. He has created characters like Alex Cross and Michael Bennett and books like the Women’s Murder Club, Maximum Ride, Middle School and I Funny. He has teamed up with President Bill Clinton to write The President Is Missing, which is Showtime, and is writing another book with the former Commander in Chief, The President’s Daughter.
Michael Lombardo, eOnes President of Global Television said, “As one of the most famous and prolific storytellers of our generation, whose books have something for almost everyone, James has captured the hearts and minds of audiences around the world. We’re fortunate to partner with James and his entertainment partner, Bill Robinson, to expand the Patterson work and produce even more memorable content. “
Patterson added, “I look forward to working with a truly independent studio. eOne has a proven appetite for the breadth of the material JPE is creating and the relationships with the talent and broadcasters we want to work with. We are very excited to be working with Michael Lombardo and his team to accelerate our content production across all genres. “
Patterson is represented by CAA and Steve Burkow at Ziffren Brittenham.