James Patterson’s The Postcard Killings Adaptation Moving Forward


James Patterson's The Postcard Killings Adaptation Moving Forward

James Patterson’s The Postcard Killings adaptation moving forward

After spending years in development hell and exchanging stars from one high-profile name to another, the film adaptation of the James Patterson and Liza Marklund crime thriller novel The Postcard Killings is finally moving forward at Good Films Collective with three new stars.

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The film, based on the 2010 novel The Postcard Killers, centers on a New York detective investigating the death of his daughter who was murdered while on her honeymoon in London. During his investigation, similar crimes are reported across Europe with each killing accompanied by a postcard sent to a local journalist.

Scripted by Andrew Stern (Disconnect) and Marklund and directed by Danis Tanovic (Triage), the film is set to star The Walking Dead‘s Jeffrey Dean Morgan as detective Jacob Kanon, Wonder Woman‘s Connie Nielsen as his wife Valerie and The Good Fight‘s Cush Jumbo as journalist Dessie Leonard.

Development for a film adaptation of the No. 1 New York Times Bestseller has been in the works for nearly three years now, with Patrick Dempsey (Grey’s Anatomy) originally set to star as Kanon and Dakota Fanning (The Alienist) as Leonard and Janusz Kaminski (Schindler’s List) attached to direct, but all three dropped out at various points, leaving the film in development hell until now.

The production also comes as part of an exclusive deal between Good Films, producer Miriam Segal and independent film financing company Capstone, which will be financing and handling international distribution of a large number of the studio’s upcoming features, including Postcard.

“With Capstone I believe we’ve found our long-term partner,” Segal said. “Christian [Mercuri, head of Capstone] and his team’s knowledge and experience of the market are invaluable to an independent company like ours. We very much look forward to working together.”

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Patterson is considered to be the world’s bestselling author and one of its best storytellers, with over 100 novels under his belt and has also seen multiple adaptations of his work come to life on the big and small screen, including his character Alex Cross being portrayed across three films by both Morgan Freeman (Going in Style) and Tyler Perry (A Madea Family Funeral), the CBS adaptations of Zoo, which ran for three seasons, and Deception, based on the novel Murder Games, which currently has a second season in the works for the network.

The Postcard Killings is currently in pre-production with no production date set as of this moment.

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