20th Century Fox Acquires Screen Rights to THE FIVE HUNDRED

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Little Brown has just closed a million dollar publishing deal on it and already 20th Century Fox acquired screen rights to it. What is “it” you ask? Well, that would Matthew Quirk’s first novel – THE FIVE HUNDRED.

Deadline.com reports that the movie deal was reportedly worth somewhere in the low-to-mid six figures and low seven figures.

The Five Hundred (described by some as “The Firm, set in politics”) tells the story of Mike Ford, a young man from the wrong side of the tracks who works his way through Harvard Law and is recruited by the most powerful PR/consulting firm in DC. Soon he becomes the protege of the firm’s founder, who has his hooks into the 500 most powerful people in politics. But soon Ford feels that he maybe have sold his soul to his ruthless mentor.

The book is set to be published by Reagan Arthur’s Little Brown imprint, in a two-book deal, with hopes that the protagonist will grow into a franchise character. Reportedly there were several eyeing the screen rights before Fox executives Peter Kang and Emma Watts closed the deal. No producer has been signed on to the project yet.

Previous to writing his first novel,Quirk spent five years at The Atlantic, where he reported on crime, private military contractors, terrorism and drugs.

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