The Rittenhouse Saga’s publishing contract with Random House Publishing Group included a film option clause, and Columbia Pictures has announced plans to produce the motion picture adaptation of Mutt.
The film will be directed by Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth). I will be actively involved in adapting the screenplay, which is being written by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, The Newsroom). Hugh Laurie, playing the role of the gateman Green, will anchor a cast of lesser-known talent (casting information will be forthcoming over the next several months).
The Rittenhouse Saga: Mutt will be filmed in Philadelphia’s Kensington and University City neighborhoods, which inspired the environments of the series. Columbia’s contract includes an option to adapt Stray and the series’ future books, pending box office performance of the first film.
In negotiations, Sorkin emphasized his enthusiasm for the project, which will cast the political themes of his other works in a radical new setting. “This book is just phenomenal,” he said of Mutt. “I’d like to think I know a thing or two about writing, but reading [Mutt] has shown me there’s always something new to learn.”
“Hell,” he added, “I wish I’d written it.”
The ebook version of Mutt is still free on Amazon pending its November re-release with Random House. Columbia Pictures’ The Rittenhouse Saga: Mutt is slated for a tentative Summer 2015 release.