Paramount Buys Book Proposal By ‘Without A Trace’ Creator Hank Steinberg

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures acquired screen rights to Out of Range, a book proposal for a two-book mystery that will be written by Hank Steinberg, the creator of the CBS series Without A Trace. The movie sale came after the novel was set up in a high six-figure deal at Harper Collins on the basis of the proposal and a few sample chapters. The film option deal was also in the six-figures and it closed late last night. Steinberg will write the script and Erwin Stoff will produce. While studios have been slow to jump on pitches lately, the movie deal made by WME definitely¬†found momentum after 3 Arts’ Richard Abate made the publishing deal and created a demand. The book will be published in 2011.

Out of Range begins in Steinberg’s wheelhouse: it starts with a kidnapping. A husband see his wife snatched while he and their two small children watch helplessly. The stay at home dad strikes back and becomes determined to find her at all costs. It puts him smack in the center of a dangerous, clandestine world of international espionage. Steinberg, who has scripted the TV pics 61 and RKF, is separately writing the feature Caves of Steel for Fox. Out of Range is his first novel.

Comments (15)

  • A “high six-figure deal” for what sounds like EVERY OTHER MASS MARKET PAPERBACK on the shelf right now?!!! A vengeful father goes after the people that kidnapped/hurt/killed his family? How many freakin’ times have we seen that? If I could get paid for ideas like that I’d make millions per day.

    Comment by FrustratedWriter — Tuesday October 12, 2010 @ 11:14am PDT  
  • Are Adam Goodman and Steinberg friends?… The only possible explanation for this is that AG is trying to help out as many ppl as possible before he’s outta there.

    Comment by Anonymous — Tuesday October 12, 2010 @ 11:25am PDT  
  • Then you better get started right now. By the end of this day, you may have lost millions on those fantastic ideas you speak of.

    Comment by Joe — Tuesday October 12, 2010 @ 11:28am PDT  
  • That has to be all about the execution because the idea is making me sleepy.

    Comment by Sam — Tuesday October 12, 2010 @ 11:37am PDT  
  • Without a Trace was an awesome show and 61 was one of the best sports movies ever. I’m sure whatever Steinberg’s going to do with this will elevate the genre. In this day and age, people don’t sell stuff to publishers unless it’s really good (and has something different.) Same goes for the studios I’m sure.

    Comment by js — Tuesday October 12, 2010 @ 11:55am PDT  
    • Umm — 61 suuucked, bro.

      Comment by Nope — Tuesday October 12, 2010 @ 12:41pm PDT  
  • Without a Trace was amazing. I just got into the show and cant stop watching it. I look forward to out of range.

    Comment by jackson — Tuesday October 12, 2010 @ 12:03pm PDT  
  • Sounds like a really original and awesome concept!

    Kind of “Taken” meets Hitchcock, mixed with a little Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…..

    Oh, sorry, I got bored of even trying to make an interesting logline/pitch from this piece of stale bread.

    Comment by That's some stale bread... — Tuesday October 12, 2010 @ 12:46pm PDT  
  • Whoa, Harper Collins and Paramount may well end up getting bit in the ass on this one. That kind of money on a conspiracy thriller based on a set up and a few chapters??

    Talk to any experienced thriller writer, the set-up is ALWAYS the easiest part. It’s pretty to easy to get a development exec to fall for a cool set-up, where a really likable protag experiences all kinds of CRAZY THINGS that are really intriguing and make you wonder WHAT THE F IS GOING ON and WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT???

    Then it fizzles. The idea dead-ends, or turns into something we’ve seen a zillion times. This is especially true of international conspiracy thrillers.

    Many, many, many development dollars have been flushed down the toilet bringing in new writers to follow-up on a really “awesome concept/set up” that just didn’t have legs.

    Comment by SuperSned — Tuesday October 12, 2010 @ 12:53pm PDT  
  • Way to go Hank! Can’t wait to read it.

    Comment by Chuck R — Tuesday October 12, 2010 @ 1:09pm PDT  
  • How many fantastic, completed scripts out there are continually overlooked for pitched ideas that have yet to be written? THE LAST TRIAL and other good scripts (that I have read) that are just floating out there, yet another idea is sold for six figures? When was the last time you saw anyone make a script from the Nicholl Fellowship, for example? Maybe if the Nicholl finalists just pitched their ideas instead…

    Comment by ReadReed — Tuesday October 12, 2010 @ 2:31pm PDT  
    • THE BEAVER and BUTTER are Nicholl’s script. Both in post and production respectively…

      Comment by hummm — Tuesday October 12, 2010 @ 8:51pm PDT  
      • BEAVER is not a Nicholl Fellowship script.

        Comment by supersned — Thursday October 14, 2010 @ 6:21am PDT  
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