Movie Updates

So here’s what’s happening on the movie front:
Both Devil in the White City and In the Garden of Beasts have been optioned, Devil by Leonardo DiCaprio, and Beasts by Tom Hanks. These things move slowly. Last week I met the screenwriter assigned to Devil, Graham Moore, who assures me he’s going to do something fresh. I assured him that I didn’t really need to know–it’s his baby! I feel very strongly that once a writer makes the decision to allow his book to be adapted for film, he should back away and just stay out of it, and get on with his next book.

Which I thoroughly intend to do–once I figure out what that next book is going to be. And I may have done so. On the other hand, maybe not. As Jimmy Buffet said in one of his songs, “indecision may or may not be my problem.”

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Erik Larson is the author of six New York Times bestsellers, most recently The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz, which examines how Winston Churchill and his “Secret Circle” went about surviving the German air campaign of 1940-41. Erik’s The Devil in the White City is set to be a Hulu limited series; his In the Garden of Beasts is under option by Tom Hanks, for a feature film. He recently published an audio-original ghost story, No One Goes Alone, which has been optioned by Netflix. Erik lives in Manhattan with his wife, who is a writer and retired neonatologist; they have three grown daughters.

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