EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures’ 3000 Pictures has acquired the film rights to Lucy Foley’s new book, The Parisian apartmentwhich instantly became a New York Times No. 1 bestseller after it was released last month by William Morrow, an American imprint of HarperCollins.
The Parisian apartment follows budding journalist Ben, who lives in an old building near the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower and the bustling banks of the Seine. He’s moved to Paris for a fresh start and isn’t thrilled when his chaotic sister Jess asks if she can crash with him after quitting her job in London. But he didn’t say no, and surely everything seems better from Paris. However, Ben is not there when Jess arrives and fails to show up the next morning. Jess soon realizes that the people on the block are the only people who can help, but they are a dysfunctional, eccentric, and not particularly friendly bunch. In The Parisian apartment, the socialite, the nice guy, the party girl, the girl on point, and the janitor are all suspects because everyone knows something they don’t say.
Oscar nominees Pete Czernin and Graham Broadbent of Blueprint Pictures (coming soon) Lady Chatterley’s lover, Emma, three billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri) produce.
Elizabeth Gabler, Marisa Paiva and Aislinn Dunster are overseeing the 3000 Pictures project. Sony Pictures New York literary director Drew Reed was instrumental in the deal.
The Parisian apartment sold in over 40 international territories and went on sale in the UK on Thursday following its US release on February 22.
“I’ve always been inspired by cinema in my writing, so knowing that The Parisian apartment will come to the big screen is a dream come true. I’m a huge admirer of Elizabeth Gabler and her work – she’s produced many of my favorite films and especially book-to-film adaptations of late, so working together is an absolute pleasure and honor,” said Foley. “I’ve had wonderful creative discussions with 3000 Pictures and Blueprint Pictures and I’m so excited about their vision for the film. I know they will stay true to the essence of the book while giving it dynamic new life inside and out. I can’t wait for readers to see the world of The Paris Apartment and its characters come to life!
Foley’s first mystery novel The hunting party was a Sunday Times bestseller. His second detective novel, The guest listas of 2020 has sold over one million copies and has been a #1 Sunday Times Bestseller, a New York Times Bestseller, a Reese’s Book Club Pick and sold out in 30 territories around the world.
The Parisian apartment the deal was brokered by Luke Speed on behalf of Curtis Brown Band’s Cathryn Summerhayes.