She may have been the shock omission from last week’s Man Booker Prize longlist, but author Donna Tartt is laughing all the way to the bank as her best-selling novel The Goldfinch is set for the silver screen after Warner Bros studio snapped up the movie rights.
The Pullitzer Prize-winning novel – following a young boy who steals a priceless Dutch painting from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York – will be co-produced by Hercules director Brett Ratner, along with Brad Simpson (World War Z) and The Hunger Games’ Nina Jacobson.
It’s not the first time Warner Bros have attempted to adapt Tartt’s work – they already own the rights to her debut novel, The Secret History, although any adaptation it yet to materialise.
The Goldfinch – featuring the eponymous painting by Carel Fabritius – was published in October last year, with a Dutch translation (Het puttertje) available a month before the English edition. It was named Amazon’s best book of 2013 and has been on the New York Times bestseller list for 39 weeks.