“The Goldfinch,” described as a Dickensian adventure story, takes place over two decades and follows a teenage boy whose mother dies in a museum bombing. He survives the tragedy and steals Fabritius’ famous painting “The Goldfinch.” Eventually, he’s taken in by a wealthy Manhattan family, and years later, reunites with the alcoholic father who abandoned him.
The book, released last fall, won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction and has been on the New York Times bestseller list for 39 weeks.
Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson and Brett Ratner are producing, and Courtenay Valenti and Racheline Benveniste are overseeing for the studio. Tartt is expected to be involved in the direction of the project, including creative decisions.
Straughan previously adapted John le Carre’s “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” for Thomas Alfredson and wrote David Gordon Green’s upcoming “Our Brand Is Crisis” remake starring Sandra Bullock. He is represented by CAA and Casarotto Ramsay & Associates in the UK.