Optioned Stories

Here are some of the stories that have been optioned by our studio and production company partners.

Invitation to a Beheading, by Vladimir Nabokov

In an unnamed dream country, the young man Cincinnatus C. is condemned to death by beheading for "gnostical turpitude," an imaginary crime that defies definition. When Cincinnatus is led out to be executed, he simply wills his executioners out of existence: they disappear, along with the whole world they inhabit.

Hocus Pocus, by Kurt Vonnegut

Eugene Debs Hartke (named after the famous early 20th century Socialist working class leader) describes an odyssey from college professor to prison inmate to prison warden back again to prisoner in another of Vonnegut's bitter satirical explorations of how and where (and why) the American dream begins to die.

The Silence, by Don DeLillo

It is Super Bowl Sunday in the year 2022. Five people, dinner, an apartment on the east side of Manhattan. The retired physics professor and her husband and her former student waiting for the couple who will join them from what becomes a dramatic flight from Paris. Then something happens and the digital connections that have transformed our lives are severed.

God Mode, by Mike Rosenzweig, Jason Swoboda, and Remy "Eisu" Mokhtar

Travel back in time to 1995, when Netscape was how you navigated the internet (if you'd heard of the internet), Nintendo was just Super, and American high schools were anything but a bully-free zone. It's a perfect world for Marceline, an angry gamer girl way ahead of her time. She's about to bully her motley crew of classmate colleagues into helping her make history.

The Dispatcher, by John Scalzi

The Dispatcher takes place in Chicago in a distant future in which it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone – 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. The ongoing series follows Tony Valdez, a Dispatcher – a licensed, bonded professional whose job is to humanely dispatch those about to die, so they can have a second chance to avoid the reaper. He teams up with Chicago PD detective, Nona Langdon, to help save those at death’s crosshairs and solve the crimes that put them there.

Stone Motel, by Morris Ardoin

Cajun La., 70s. Zanny Ardoin has a lot on his mind: half of the motel he’s just begun to pay for is destroyed by fire; he and his wife have ten mouths to feed; and there’s something just not right about their middle child, Morris, who is just beginning to realize he's not like the others.

The Theory of Invisibility, by Aimee Pitta

Emme, a young widow, can’t stand living and just wants to disappear after the death of her husband and son – so much that one day, she actually becomes invisible. While making new discoveries and finding love again with Phil, a co-worker who can see her, she must decide if she is going to remain invisible or rejoin the living.

Loving Eleanor, by Susan Wittig Albert

Star AP political reporter Lorena Hickok becomes intimately involved with Eleanor Roosevelt just before her husband's first election to the presidency. As Eleanor grows into her role and becomes Eleanor Everywhere, Hick must create her own independent life, while covering up her own heartbreak and affair with the first lady.

The Seventh Function of Language, by Laurent Binet

TaleFlick has obtained the adaptation rights for The Seventh Function of Language by Laurent Binet, and joined forces with Vincent Sieber, a The Chronicles of Narnia producer, to develop it. The novel is a satirical alternative history of French intelligentsia in the early 80s, set against an international stage.

The Desert and Its Seed, by Jorge Barón Biza

TaleFlick has obtained the adaptation rights for modern Argentinian classic The Desert and Its Seed by Jorge Barón Biza (1942–2001), a journalist and professor who also worked for various Argentinian publishing houses. His family’s tragic lives are documented in several books. Written in a captivating plain style with dark, bitter humor, The Desert and Its Seed has been published to enormous acclaim throughout the Spanish-speaking world and translated into many languages.

Too Big to Jail, by Jacob Kushner & Daniel Ammann

"Too Big to Jail" is an article originally published on The Economist. It's the story of José Manuel Ramos, a senior member of the Medellín cartel that, in the 1990s, told prosecutors in America and Switzerland he would help them catch cocaine traffickers. Was Ramos really a reformed character? Or did he just tell the authorities what they wanted to hear?

The Ticket, by Heather Grace Stewart

Just as a single mother has given up on men for good, the perfect one comes along to sweep her off her feet with a free trip to five international destinations. She fights her instant attraction to him, as she has her own career and daughters to think of. They only grow closer as they see more of the world together, and she realizes she has to take risks to truly start living again.

The Spring Girls, by Anna Todd

Four sisters desperately seeking the blueprints to life—the modern-day retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women like only Anna Todd (After, Imagines) could do. The Spring Girls—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy—are a force of nature on the New Orleans military base where they live.

The A to Z of Everything, by Debbie Johnson

Two sisters, Rose and Poppy, used to be best friends, but now resent one another. Their mother, Andrea, decides to reunite them: on her deathbed, she records videos detailing a series of instructions, each one of them based on a word starting with a letter of the alphabet. Discovering truths, facing buried family secrets, the A-Z allows the sisters to learn, love, and laugh their way back into each other's lives.

Rolaboi Renegade Skater, by Jayson Sutcliffe

After finding a pair of rusty roller skates in his grandmother’s garage, Jayson Sutcliffe went on to become Australia’s first and only male world champion in the sport.

Chasing Black Gold, by Robert Stone

Based on a true story. For two decades, Robert Stone made his living on the high seas - a modern-day pirate. He was a pioneer saturation oil-field diver, treasure hunter and smuggler, which brought him more money than he knew how to spend. This is an account of his life.

South of Main Street, by Robert Gately

What if helping out those in need becomes a legal battle within your own family? A sensible account of mental health issues, having nothing to lose, and what it means to leave a positive legacy.

Man & Horse, by John Egenes

Based on a true story. At 24 and coming from a poor background, John wanted to go coast to coast on horseback, so he did. He experiences all that America has to offer, while making a lifelong friend in Gizmo, his esteemed horse. A story about pushing oneself to the limit - and then going further.

Starfish On Thursday, by Amie Ryan

A Seattle girl tells stories about growing up in the ‘70s and ‘80s, while dealing with an abusive mother - and still, does it with wit and a sense of wonder that takes the reader along for the ride.

The Secret to Falling in Love, by Victoria Cooke

Career woman and social media addict, Mel wants to settle down and find a man. Online dating isn't working - after a long line of losers, she decides a social media detox is in order. By going back to old-fashioned ways of communicating, she reconnects with herself and finds her way to love.

Gods Of Our Time, by Michael Bowker

This emotional and powerful novel transports readers back to the robust energy and romantic lights of 1920s Paris. It chronicles the life of Sophie Masson, a woman far ahead of her time. It is a story of culture, passion and self-discovery as she meets Jake, an irresistible American journalist, sent to Paris to interview the great artists gathered in France -- Hemingway, Picasso, Fitzgerald and others.

Egomaniac, by Vi Keeland

New to NYC, and scammed out of her life-savings, a marriage counselor has to share an office with a divorce lawyer. He seems like an arrogant jerk - but little does she know they are perfect for one another.

Madame Presidentess, by Nicole Evelina

Forty-eight years before women were granted the right to vote, Victoria Woodhull dared to run for President of the United States. This is her amazing story, from infancy through the end of the campaign.

Queenie’s Teapot, by Carolyn Steele

In the London of the future, randomly-selected British citizens run the government. Queenie, the tea-serving antihero, is selected as the head of state in this cheeky look at our current political climate.

Teleport, by Kevin Berry

London, 2065. Scientist Maddie McLeod and her AI Robot teenage daughter perfect the process of teleportation. Exciting new technology in a dystopian future, with plenty of action and intrigue.