In Under a Week, That Times Article About the Mystery Fifth Ave Co-Op Gets Optioned
J.J. Abrams has found his next project — courtesy the New York Times. The Cloverfield producer will take on Paramount's newest investment, "Mystery on Fifth Avenue," an article it optioned for mid-six-figures that details a 20s-era co-op (with Central Park views!) whose new owners, paying $8.5 million for the place in 2003, found hidden panels and secret clues left behind by their architectural designer.
Eventually, their scavenger hunt "unraveled a mystery that featured a poem, a book, a soundtrack and a host of historical figures," but no panic room.
How it all came together is outlined in the article, published only on Friday, but it involves an ambitious young designer, soliciting Jonathan Safran Foer, four years, 40 artisans, and a letter that arrived to the new homeowners a year after they moved in. Oh, and four perfect children who are not possessed by demons, but might be in Abrams' version.
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