20th Century Fox Acquire Film Rights to Don Winslow’s Upcoming Novel



20th Century Fox has bought the film rights to the upcoming novel of crime thriller author Don Winslow. As of right now, there’s no title for it yet, but it’s expected to be release on June by William Morrow. As Deadline reported, Ridley Scott is tap to direct while Scott Free, Michael Schaefer and Shane Salerno are producing.

You can read the scoop below:

Steve Asbell will oversee the project for the studio. I’ve confirmed this, and Winslow indicates the progress on The Cartel made him want to continue at Fox, instead of taking the novel out for a wide auction.

“I have really enjoyed my collaboration with Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, Steve Asbell and Shane Salerno on The Cartel, and I am thrilled this same team will be working together on what I feel is my most ambitious novel,” he said in a statement.

Fox will move fast to secure an A-list writer. Winslow’s previous books have attracted filmmakers Martin Scorsese, Michael Mann, Oliver Stone, Peter Berg, William Friedkin, Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio. Winslow’s deal was negotiated by CAA and the Story Factory.