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Sony Pictures acquires ‘The Rosie Project’

Sony Pictures has optioned the screen rights to Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project (Text Publishing). Simsion will write the script for the film, which will be produced by Sony-based Matt Tolmach and Michael Costigan. The deal was closed by Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad and production president Hannah Minghella. ‘We love this story,’ said Minghella, quoted in Deadline Hollywood. ‘Not only does it have tremendous commercial appeal, but a wonderfully interesting, groundbreaking lead character. There’s already been an incredible response to this novel in Australia and the UK and we think it will strike a similar chord in the States.’ Simon & Schuster will publish The Rosie Project in the US in October. The Rosie Project, which won the 2012 Victorian Premier’s Award for an unpublished fiction manuscript, started out as a film script before Simsion developed it into a novel. It was published by Text in February, with rights sold into over 30 countries.



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