Hotel Scarface: Where Cocaine Cowboys Partied and Plotted to Control Miami by Roben Farzad (Berkley Books, October), about the Miami cocaine trade in the 1970s, has been optioned by Stone Village Television for a limited series. (Deadline Hollywood)

Amazon has acquired TV rights to J.R.R. Tolkien's classic fantasy novel The Lord of The Rings. (Allen & Unwin, 1954) (The Verge)

The novel Heft by Liz Moore (Norton, 2012), about an overweight man who hasn't left his home in many years, has been optioned by The Gotham Group for feature film. (Deadline Hollywood)

The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II by Gregory Freeman (NAL, 2007), about the American soldiers shot down in Yugoslavia during WWII, has been optioned by Gulfstream Pictures for feature film. (Deadline Hollywood)

Plan B has acquired Landscape with Invisible Hand by M.T. Anderson (Candlewick, September), about aliens who land on Earth and destroy the economy. (Deadline Hollywood)

The YA novel Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist (Greenwillow, April 2018), about a virus in the Reconstruction era that makes people murderous, has been optioned by New Regency. (Hollywood Reporter)