L S Hilton’s Maestra, the launch title for Bonnier’s new fiction imprint Zaffre, is to be adapted for the screen by the writer behind the film adaptation of Paula Hawkins' The Girl on the Train (Doubleday).
Erin Cressida Wilson, who was also the screenwriter for the 2002 film Secretary, is to write the screenplay of Maestra for TriStar Pictures.
Maestra will be published in the UK on 10th March 2016, and follows the story of Judith Rashleigh, who works in a prestigious London auction house by day and an insalubrious bar at night. When she stumbles across a conspiracy, she ends up in a battle for her life.
Mark Smith, c.e.o. of Bonnier Publishing Fiction, said: “We’re thrilled that the hugely talented Erin Cressida Wilson is on board to write the screenplay of Maestra. Her track record with films such as Secretary and now The Girl on the Train is the perfect fit for this smart and sexy thriller – and I can’t wait to see the result.”
Smith’s company Zaffre Publishing was brought into the Bonnier Publishing when Smith was appointed c.e.o. of the fiction division of Bonnier earlier this year.