On the eve of the release of Chris Pavone’s debut novel, the thriller The Expats, the Hollywood Reporter broke the news that CBS Films, who picked up the film rights earlier this year, has hired Alex Holmes to write the adaptation. CBS Films seems to consistently keep faith in movie adaptations of novels; two of their most recent films, “The Woman in Black” and “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” were taken straight from the pages of novels. As for Holmes, his writing career sprang to a promising start with the Emmy-nominated HBO television series “The House of Saddam.”
We caught up with The Expats author Pavone to hear his reaction to the news. "I'm thrilled that the film project is moving forward,” said Pavone. “It's great news to receive just as the book itself is publishing, with a lot of exciting exposure on the near horizon." Pavone’s novel, which the Associated Press called “a skillful and atmospheric descent into paranoia,” is the thing that extraordinarily thrilling movies are made of – that perfect blend of intrigue, social dynamics, passion, and danger. Four years ago, Pavone’s wife’s career took him and his family to Luxembourg, and it was there that he began work on the novel, setting the main characters, Kate and Dexter Moore, in that same tiny country. He continued working on the novel when they returned home to New York, and the book hit shelves earlier this month.
We’re already chomping at the bit for casting news – though in the meantime we’ll have fun casting the movie in our minds with whomever we choose. Want to get a head start on casting predictions? Satiate your curiosity – and your need for a good thrill – by reading an excerpt from the book.