Megan Abbott: 'Hollywood's Next Big Novelist'

Megan Abbott

Noting that bestselling author Megan Abbott "has been a successful crime fiction writer for more than a decade," Entertainment Weekly reported that "it seems Hollywood is finally catching up" now that her two most recent novels "have near-simultaneously been optioned for adaptation."

You Will Know Me was optioned directly by AMC, while the upcoming Give Me Your Hand is going to Skydance Media and TV-megaproducer Marti Noxon (Dietland, Sharp Objects), bringing the the number of Abbott projects in the works up to three: A pilot based on Dare Me, directed by Steph Green (The Americans) is currently in production at USA.

"I couldn't be more thrilled than to have these novels in such masterful hands," Abbott said. "As a fan and ardent admirer of Marti Noxon's work since her Buffy days and through UnREAL and Dietland, and as an avid AMC viewer--and Mad Men and Breaking Bad obsessive--I'm over the moon."

EW noted that Abbott's "sudden break into Hollywood arguably began last fall, when she was hired as part of The Wire mastermind David Simon's writing staff for his new HBO drama The Deuce: Abbott's first on-screen credit."

"David Simon has a real ideology; he wants to tell these stories because of his fervently held political beliefs," she said. "The thing I took away most from him, in trying to figure out what I'd do this for my own pilot, is how passionately he fights for the storytelling he believes in. I'm not sure I can get there, but it was certainly something to see in action."

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