This week, in PW's column on who’s shopping what in Hollywood, Harlan Coben hits the small screen and rights start circulating on a children's book about the Queen of England's corgi.
Harlan Coben, who's been fielding more Hollywood offers since the success of the French adaptation of his novel Tell No One, is sending one of his ideas to the small screen. The bestselling thriller writer, according to his lit agent Lis Erbach Vance at Aaron Priest, is still waiting to close a film deal on an American remake of Tell No One; meanwhile, his 2005 book, The Innocent, has been optioned by Plum Pictures and he's working on a new series for TNT. Endeavor's Nancy Josephson said Coben has sold a one-hour original series to the cable net called Hero Complex. The show follows three people--a lawyer, a doctor and a social worker--who turn out to be crime fighters who share a dark secret.
Nick Harris at RWSH has started shopping the film rights to Dick King-Smith's backlist children's book Titus Rules! Originally published in 2003, the illustrated title follows Queen Elizabeth II's mischievous corgi, which pees on the royal rugs and nips at the help. King-Smith also penned Babe, The Gallant Pig (which was adapted into the Academy Award-nominated film Babe) and, in this book, uses Titus's adventures as a way to gently rib the royal family. Harris, noting that dogs on film are "fashionable right now"--see everything from Beverly Hills Chihuahua to Marley & Me--said he could picture a tongue-in-cheek take in which the queen's corgi makes his way to America and meets the Obamas' soon-to-arrive First Puppy.