Canadian Screenwriter’s Debut Novel
Is Toast of Frankfurt

aug-22-film-what-if-elan-mastaiThe debut novel that got all the buzz at Frankfurt this year is All Our Wrong Todays by screenwriter/producer Elan Mastai (What If, The Samaritan).

Earlier this month, Publishers Weekly reported that the “buzzed-about debut novel has been nabbed in a seven-figure, North American rights acquisition. Canadian screenwriter Elan Mastai’s debut novel All Our Wrong Todays was preempted by Maya Ziv at Dutton for a rumored $1.25 million.”

All Our Wrong Todays follows a man from a Utopian alternate universe who, through a time travel malfunction, winds up marooned in the real 2015. Then he must decide if he wants to establish a life in this new world, or head back to the Utopian one he came from. As [literary agent Simon] Lipskar explained in his pitch letter: “Imagine if Kurt Vonnegut had decided to tell a story like The Time Traveler’s Wife with the narrative voice of Jonathan Tropper.”

The Hollywood Reporter followed up with news that film rights have now been sewn up:

Amy Pascal is attached to produce via Pascal Pictures, the new production banner she formed earlier this year, making the acquisition one of her first projects (and the first outside her first-look deal at Sony).

Mastai will write the script for the adaptation and exec produce.

Paramount executive vp Geoff Stier brought the project into the studio and will supervise.

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