Browne, Wallace, Simonson Novels Adapted

It has been a busy day for authors with three of them finding the film rights to their work being picked up.

Gerald Browne
Amber Entertainment has picked up the rights to three of Browne’s heist novels – “19 Purchase Street,” “West 47th” and “Stone 588” reports Variety.

“West 47th,” set in New York’s Diamond District, focuses on a professional recoverer of stolen jewelry and his efforts to regain $6 million in gems taken from an Iranian couple. “Stone 588” is centered a stolen crystal with healing power.

“19 Purchase Street” is set at a New York money-laundering operation as a pair of lovers plot a heist in a tale of greed, murder and revenge. Browne is producing on all three and has penned the screenplays for “19 Purchase Street” and “West 47th.”

Danny Wallace
Working Title Films has optioned the film rights to “Yes Man” author Wallace’s debut novel “Charlotte Street” says The Hollywood Reporter.

The romantic comedy follows a disillusioned teacher, in the midst of a crisis of confidence, who falls in love with an unknown girl whose picture he captures with a disposable camera.

Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce.

Helen Simonson
Producers Paula Mazur, Mitchell Kaplan and Kevin McCormick have acquired screen rights to the Simonson’s novel “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” reports Deadline.

The story focuses on a retired and widowed British army major who falls in love with the Pakistani woman who runs their countryside village’s local convenience store.

British playwright Jack Thorne has been hired to adapt the script. Mazur Kaplan Company and Langley Park Pictures will produce.