Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Leisure has optioned Mom-Daughter Homicide Night time, the debut novel by Nina Simon that was chosen final week by Reese Witherspoon as her September e-book membership choose.
The murder-mystery, which hit cabinets final week from William Morrow, has been described as Gilmore Ladies meets Solely Murders within the Constructing because it follows a grandmother-mother-daughter trio of newbie sleuths.
The whodunnit sees an older, high-powered businesswoman, convalescing in a sleepy coastal city together with her grownup daughter and granddaughter. When the granddaughter discovers a physique whereas kayaking, and turns into a suspect, the trio, all fiercely unbiased, should come collectively to resolve the crime, uncovering all kinds of secrets and techniques within the city alongside the best way.
Simon, who beforehand wrote two nonfiction books, drew inspiration for her novel after her mother was identified with most cancers in 2020. Throughout medical doctors’ visits and chemo periods, Simon posited the thought of a murder-mystery, a style they each liked, with a personality like her mom because the lead detective. That set off mother-daughter brainstorming periods and, three years later, a high-profile e-book that has garnered constructive critiques. (The mom’s most cancers is in remission.)
Witherspoon’s e-book membership is among the extra influential star-driven lit lists that carry not solely gross sales however diversifications. Among the many titles which have seen book-to-screen translations are Daisy Jones and the Six and The place the Crawdads Sing.
It’s unclear presently what type an adaptation would take. Kaplan’s Kapital is thought principally for its TV fare however has developed options. Kaplan has govt producer credit on exhibits starting from Showtime’s The Chi and ABC’s A Million Little Issues to NBC’s American Housewife and Netflix’s Santa Clarita Eating regimen. On the characteristic aspect, Kapital is in pre-production One Mile and sequel One Extra Mile, each for Paramount World.
Earlier this 12 months, the indie studio expanded past TV and movie with the launch of Kapital Digital, a brand new division targeted on digital content material.
Simon, who’s a former NASA engineer and museum director who now lives within the Santa Cruz Mountains, is repped by WME and Stefanie Lieberman at Janklow & Nesbit.