Makeready, the studio owned by former New Regency CEO Brad Weston, has preempted film rights to Freefall by Jessica Barry (HarperCollins, 2019), a novel about a woman who is racing to protect her mother, in a seven-figure deal. (Deadline Hollywood)

Stephen King's narrative poem The Bone Church, about a jungle expedition, has been optioned by Cedar Park Entertainment for a planned series. (Deadline Hollywood)

The Awkward Age by Francesca Segal (Chatto & Windus, May 2017) has been optioned by Carnival Films for a planned TV series with the BBC. (Deadline Hollywood)

White Houses by Amy Bloom (February), about a reporter in the 1930s and her relationship with Eleanor Roosevelt, has been optioned by Buster Productions, for a planned TV series. (Deadline Hollywood)

An undisclosed studio has acquired rights to The Audacity of Inez Burns by Stephen Bloom (Regan Arts, Feb.), about a woman who performed thousands of abortions in the early 20th century. (Deadline Hollywood)