The Hollywood Reporter is exclusively reporting that Universal have the film rights for T.J Newman’s debut novel, Falling, in a seven-figure deal.
The story centres on a crowded flight from New York to Los Angeles, with over a hundred-and-forty passengers on board who don’t know that their pilot’s family was kidnapped a half-hour before takeoff. Now, in order for his family to live, the pilot must follow orders and crash their plane.
Sources told THR that the studio, which sealed the deal for $1.5m, beat out a series of other major studios and producers, including names such as Neil Moritz, Jason Bateman, Matt Reeves and Jerry Bruckheimer. T.J Newman, who wrote her debut novel on the back of airplane napkins and on iPads during her time working as a flight attendant, is said to be working on her second novel with as part of her two-book deal with Simon & Schuster’s Avid Reader Press.
Universal executive, Matt Reilly, will oversee the film project, with Working Title’s Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan, and The Story Factory’s Shane Salerno serving as producers.
The Falling novel is set to be published in July.