This week in Page to Screen—PW's weekly column tracking film rights circulating and sold in Hollywood—John Irving's new one slips to scouts and CAA goes out with an iPhone app-turned-novel.
Although, we hear, it wasn't officially supposed to be submitted until next week, John Irving's new novel, Last Night in Twisted River, has gotten into the hands of a number of film scouts. Bob Bookman at CAA is handling the film rights, and Random House is publishing on October 27. This is Irving's 12th novel—four of his previous works have been adapted to the screen including, most recently, The Cider House Rules in 1999 and The Door in the Floor in 2004. Last Night unfolds over the course of five decades and begins in 1954, in New Hampshire's Coos County. Not much word back on how the manuscript is playing in Hollywood, and CAA would only confirm that it is repping the project.
Another CAA title getting some traction from film types is Soul Trapper by F.J. Lennon. Peter Steinberg is repping the title for lit—it hasn't sold yet, but we hear there might be an auction on Friday. The book is based on the iPhone game of the same name (also developed by Lennon) and the manuscript expands on the basic set up, a guy named Kane Pryce traps ghosts with a device called a soul trapper. The print version sees Pryce as an occasionally self-destructive, down-on-his-luck late 20s L.A. musician who performs his ghost-trapping work underground, capturing spirits and re-releasing them to the afterlife. A reporter discovers Pryce's identity and a romance ensues. Press materials for the project note that the iPhone game has sold 25,000 copies to date—it debuted in the Apps Store last fall—and one insider likened the book to a "darker, edgier Ghostbusters."