Newswire: Universal snatches up con woman story from Gone Girl’s Gillian Flynn

Now that Hollywood has put at least a token effort into adapting all three of Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn’s so-far published novels, its hit-hungry executives are voraciously moving on to the author’s short fiction in their search of new and buzzworthy material to adapt. To that end, and after what Variety is reporting as a “heated bidding war,” Universal has acquired the rights to “The Grownup,” a story about a fake psychic that Flynn wrote in 2015.

Originally published in the George R.R. Martin-edited anthology Rogues, under the title “What Do You Do?”, the Edgar-winning story centers on a former sex worker who claims to be able to read auras. The faux-clairvoyant ends up getting involved in the life of a desperate woman and her “disturbing step-son,” as she attempts to exorcise the spirits supposedly infesting the woman’s home.

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