Amazon’s catalog of original films just keeps on growing. Now they’re partnering with Warner Bros. on The Goldfinch, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 2013 novel by Donna Tartt.
According to Variety, Amazon Studios and Warner Bros. will co-finance The Goldfinch, which is set to be directed by John Crowley (Brooklyn). Amazon will get streaming rights to the flick after its theatrical run, which will be distributed worldwide by Warners and then eventually join the Amazon Prime catalog. It’ll join recent high-profile Amazon film acquisitions such as Manchester by the Sea.
The Goldfinch hasn’t officially signed any cast yet, but Ralph Fiennes is said to be a likely candidate for the role of Hobie, an antiques dealer who befriends young Theodore Decker, the protagonist of the story. Here’s the official synopsis for the novel from Amazon:
It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.
As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love — and at the center of a narrowing, ever-more-dangerous circle.
The Goldfinch is a novel of shocking narrative energy and power. It combines unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and breathtaking suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher’s calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is a beautiful, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.