Entertainment One (eOne) has optioned the rights to develop New York Times best-selling author Lisa Gardner’s novel Before She Disappeared with Academy AwardÒ winner Hillary Swank set to star and produce. The project will be executive produced by Guymon Casady and Justin Grey Stone of Entertainment 360, Rene Rigal and Nuno Bettencourt of Atlantis Entertainment, David Thwaites of Ember20, and Phillip Schneider and Swank of Film Bandits.
Gardner’s novel follows Frankie Elkin, a recovering alcoholic who travels light and is obsessed with locating missing people whose cases have been dismissed, overlooked, or marginalized. Gardner’s gritty thriller was a major international best-seller and The Washington Post called Elkin “one of the most original characters in recent crime fiction." The second book in Gardner’s Frankie Elkin series One Step Too Far will publish January 18, 2022 from Dutton.
Angela Cheng Caplan brokered the deal on behalf of Jane Rotrosen Agency.
Swank has won Academy Awards for her roles in BOYS DON’T CRY and MILLION DOLLAR BABY. Her other credits include THE GIFT, INSOMNIA, BLACK DAHLIA, FREEDOM WRITERS, THE REAPING and P.S. I LOVE YOU. She is represented by WME, Management 360, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein.
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