Warner Bros. has acquired the feature film rights to Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winner The Goldfinch, with Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment and Nina Jacobson’s Color Force set to produce the adaptation, EW confirmed Monday.
The Goldfinch tells the story of Theo Decker, whose mother is killed in the bombing of a New York museum. Abandoned by his father, Decker is taken in by a wealthy family. The epic, post-traumatic tale reveals the nearly two-decade aftermath of those events, anchored by Decker’s attachment to the piece of art (Dutch master Carel Fabritius’ “The Goldfinch”) he walked out of the devastated museum with years ago.
Clocking in at nearly 800 pages, the book has nevertheless been on the New York Times bestseller list for 39 weeks and was considered a hot property for the big-screen treatment. Warner Bros. also has the rights to Tartt’s first novel, The Secret History, which they acquired years ago. That adaptation has yet to make it to the screen, though.