It’s been less than a year since Donna Tartt’s novel The Goldfinch hit shelves, but it’s made quite a splash. Besides ranking on dozens of year-end lists, the book earned Tartt the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. And now, The Goldfinch is making waves in a whole new medium.
This morning, Deadline reported that Warner Brothers has signed on to adapt the novel for the big screen. Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson of film company Color Force have been tapped as producers. Jacobson has helmed the Hunger Games films, and Simpson has executive produced blockbusters like World War Z. The pair will team up with RatPac Entertainment’s Brett Ratner, who produced Prison Break and directed films like Rush Hour, Red Dragon and the new Hercules.
The Goldfinch tells the story of Theo Decker, a 13-year-old boy grieving for his mother, who died in a terrorist attack. As Theo bounces around from home to home, his fate becomes intertwined with that of a painting gone missing from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Warner Brothers previously bought the film rights to Tartt’s first novel, The Secret History, but the film has not been released to date.