Film Rights

Nelson Literary Agency partners with a variety of film co-agents and agencies. For inquiries about the film/tv option status for any NLA property, simply contact us: info @

  • SOLD!! Via Deadline Hollywood, TV Rights to NYT-bestselling author Hugh Howey's HALF WAY HOME to Aaron Baiers at CBS Television Studios, with Howey executive producing alongside Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin of Secret Hideout (production company behind the Star Trek television franchise), by Kristin Nelson, Angela Cheng Caplan, and attorney Wayne Alexander.

  • SOLD! TV rights to John Galligan's Bad Axe County and Dead Man Dancing, the first two books in the author's Bad Axe County series, to Skydance Television by Jerry Kalajian at IPG, on behalf of Joanna MacKenzie.
  • Black Mad WheelSOLD!! via Deadline Hollywood: Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Production, Atlas Industries are teaming on a film adaptation of Bird Box author Josh Malerman’s novel BLACK MAD WHEEL. Barnett Brettler to write the screenplay. Sean O’Grady & Bill Stertz are producing the project for Atlas along with Ryan Lewis and Malerman for their newly formed production Spin a Black Yarn shingle. Malerman is repped by Kristin Nelson.
  • SOLD!! TV rights to Stacey Lee's UNDER A PAINTED SKY, pitched as a young adult western Thelma & Louise, in which a Chinese girl and a house slave disguise themselves as cowboys to run from the law, seek revenge for a murder, and find freedom in the California Gold Rush frontier, to Fremantle, by Kristin Nelson, Alice Lawson at The Gersh Agency, and attorney Wayne Alexander.
  • Netflix announces that 45,037,125 accounts watched the Sandra Bullock movie of Josh Malerman's BIRD BOX — best first 7 days ever for a Netflix film!
  • As reported via Deadline Hollywood, Hugh Howey's BEACON 23 TV series adaptation from Zak Penn (Ready Player One, Avengers, X-Man) nears green light at Spectrum. The series will be produced by independent studio Platform One Media.
  • Bird Box official trailer starring Sandra Bullock and Trevante Rhodes. Netflix Movie December 21, 2018. Director:  Susanne Bier.  Screenplay: Eric Heisserer (Arrival)
  • As announced in Variety, LaToya Morgan is developing a TV series at AMC based on Hugh Howey’s WOOL, the first book in the Silo Series. Morgan will executive produce the project in addition to writing the pilot. Howey is also attached as a producer. She is write/co-executive producer on AMC’s “Into the Badlands.” Her other television credits include “Shameless” and “Parenthood.”
  • As announced in Hollywood Reporter, BCDF Pictures has acquired the film and TV rights to Marie Lu’s sci-fi book franchise LEGEND, PRODIGY, CHAMPION and has set Joseph Muszynski to write a new script based on the first novel. Claude Dal Farra, Brice Dal Farra, and Brian Keady of BCDF Pictures are producers.
  • Via Deadline Hollywood, Jamie Ford’s bestselling debut novel Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is being developed into a film. Producer Diane Quon announced that she has acquired the film rights with Joseph Craig of StemEnt as producer & George Takei as executive producer.
  • In a Deadline Hollywood exclusive: Paramount Pictures has acquired film/TV screen rights to DRACUL by Dacre Stoker & J.D. Barker--the first prequel authorized by the estate of Bram Stoker. The film will be developed as potential directing vehicle down the line for Andy Muschietti, reteamed with IT producers Barbara Muschietti and Roy Lee.
  • The Fourth MonkeyFILM/TV rights to internationally bestselling author J.D. Barker’s debut thriller THE FOURTH MONKEY to CBS Films with Bill Todman, Marc Webb (The Amazing Spiderman) and Taylor Elmore (Justified, Limitless) attached.
  • As reported by Deadline Hollywood, Actress Regina King to topline and produce with Oscar-nominated producer John Ridley for Kim Reid's memoir NO PLACE SAFE about Atlanta child murders drama at FX.
  • TV Rights to New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author Jana DeLeon’s MISS FORTUNE 8-book Mystery Series, beginning with LOUISIANA LONGSHOT, to Chris Parnell at Sony Pictures Television for development in early 2017.
  • As announced by Deadline Hollywood, TV Rights to Rhiannon Thomas’s debut young adult novel A WICKED THING to Freeform with producers Tom Lynch Company and Brillstein Entertainment Partners developing, screenwriters Adam Lash & Cori Uchida (Heroes Reborn, Helix) attached to adapt.
  • As announced on, TV Rights to Kim Reid’s memoir NO PLACE SAFE, a look at how her childhood was shaped by the search for a serial killer to Oscar-winning producer John Ridley (12 Years A Slave) and Michael McDonald for ABC Signature Studios.
  • As announced in The Hollywood Reporter, film Rights to New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu’s THE YOUNG ELITES series, set up with Daria Cercek at 20th Century Fox Studios with Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, and Isaac Klausner of Temple Hill Productions (Twilight Saga, Fault In Our Stars) producing.
  • As announced in The Hollywood Reporter, film rights to New York Times bestselling author Ally Carter's GALLAGHER GIRLS series to Paramount Studios with Tonya Lewis Lee and Nikki Silver of ToniK Productions producing (The Giver and The Watsons Go To Birmingham).
  • As announced by Deadline Hollywood, New York Times Bestselling author Ally Carter’s HEIST SOCIETY: Lionsgate purchased the film rights to the series with Hilary Seitz (Insomnia) adapting and Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman (Pitch Perfect) producing.
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