I’ve been through the film-option routine before with my literary mystery The Spinning Man (Penguin Putnam, 2003). After it received a great review in The New York Times, which called the novel “elegant and unnerving,” A-list Hollywood actors (Clooney, DiCaprio, Willis) had their representatives inquire about film rights. Once they read the novel they realized that it was more literary than mystery or thriller (some philosophy, no car chases). The film production company Anonymous Content did option the rights for three years but couldn’t line up financing and actors. Then Ruby Films in London gave it a go as a television series. No luck. There are still possibilities on the horizon.