Michael Koryta’s The Prophet won’t hit bookshelves until August, but producer Nick Wechsler (The Road) has already purchased the film rights and hired Magic Mike screenwriter Reid Carolin to adapt the novel. On his official site, Koryta describes the upcoming tale as follows:
Adam Austin hasn’t spoken to his brother in years. When they were teenagers, their sister was abducted and murdered, and their devastated family never recovered. Now Adam keeps to himself, scraping by as a bail bondsman, working so close to the town’s criminal fringes that he sometimes seems a part of them.
Kent Austin is the beloved coach of the local high school football team, a religious man and hero in the community. After years of near misses, Kent’s team has a shot at the state championship, a welcome point of pride in a town that has had its share of hardships.
Just before playoffs begin, the town and the team are thrown into shock when horrifically, impossibly, another teenage girl is found murdered. When details emerge that connect the crime to the Austin brothers, the two are forced to unite to stop a killerand to confront their buried rage and grief before history repeats itself again.
Wechsler’s next project is the Ridley Scott adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s original screenplay, The Counselor, set to star Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz.