Actor-turned-director Joseph Cross has optioned the rights to Louise Candlish’s thriller The Other Passenger (Simon & Schuster), for the screen.
Cross optioned the rights from Curtis Brown Group, and will produce a feature film through his company Moving Image Productions, alongside Lucas Evans.
Cross said: “It is an honour to be entrusted with Louise’s brilliant, dark, twisty, suspenseful and utterly disturbing new novel. The Other Passenger is a taut, perfectly paced thriller that breaks new ground in its timely exploration of generational inequity, and scintillates in its backdrop of coveted, upscale urban real estate. Her characters are meticulously crafted so as to be entirely relatable, which makes the novel’s cataclysmic finale all the more affecting. I am very much looking forward to our collaboration.” No actors are attached to the project yet.
Candlish is the author of 14 novels, including Our House, which won the British Book Award for Crime & Thriller Book of the Year in 2019 and was shortlisted for several other awards. The Other Passenger, a thriller set aboard the Thames riverboat, will publish in paperback in the UK on 10th December, and in hardback in US in summer 2021 with Atria.
The author said: “I’m overjoyed that Joseph is developing The Other Passenger for the screen. I know he will do a spectacular job. The moment we began discussing the project, it was clear we share a passion for the classic noir aspects of the plot, as well as a fascination with the brutal generational conflict at the heart of the story.”