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Hunger Games producer buys rights to Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch

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The production team behind The Hunger Games series has brought the rights for Donna Tartt's bestselling novel The Goldfinch, it was announced this weekend.

Nina Jacobson and her team at Color Force production company turned Suzanne Collins' fantasy trilogy into a billion dollar smash hit franchise at the box office, with Jennifer Lawrence at its helm.

And now she's got her sights set on Tartt's book - although it hasn't been decided yet whether it will be made into a film or a TV series.

"We are looking for the right film-maker, and then we'll choose the right home based on that film-maker," Jacobson told The Wrap, who first reported on the deal. "We've been thinking we are more likely to make a limited series for TV. There's so much scope to the book. At the same time, a filmmaker could come in with a perspective that changes our mind."

Donna Tartt with The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch is Tartt's third book and her first since 2002 best-seller, The Little Friend. Its Dickensian-style story line is spread across two decades and is set around a 13-year-old boy who loses his mother in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He survives the drama and escapes with Carel Fabritius’ painting, The Goldfinch.

He is taken in by a rich family on the Upper East Side and later reunites with his alcoholic father, a gambling addict who takes him to Las Vegas.

Published last October, the book was an immediate hit on both sides of the Atlantic and it still holds second place in the New York Times best-seller list. It was listed as one of the 10 best novels of 2013 by the New York Times Book Review.

The Hunger Games, starring Jennifer Lawrence

There's no word yet on what film-makers or actors may be involved in the project but industry insiders expect there to be a lot of interest.

"With a piece of material this great, there are a lot of conversations to be had," Jacobson said. The producer is currently on-set in Atlanta, working on the final two Hunger Games installments.

Photos: Rex Features

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