Paul A. Kaufman to adapt and direct Nicole Trope’s novel “ The Boy in the Picture ” – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Emmy Award-winning Paul A. Kaufman set to adapt screenplay and direct Nicole Trope’s novel The boy in the picture under its production banner The Power of Us Entertainment.

The boy in the picture is a gripping psychological thriller that centers on Megan, whose life was turned upside down when her ex-husband kidnapped their six-year-old son, Daniel. Six years later, a twelve-year-old boy shows up claiming to be Megan’s missing child, following his father’s death in a deadly fire. As Meghan tries to bond with Daniel, he’s not the sweet little boy she’s lost. Instead, he’s terse, erratic, condescending, and dangerous. Fear strikes as she struggles with strange things going on around her as she begins to doubt that Daniel could be her real son. As Daniel holds a very dark secret and things get worse, can Meghan find the truth and save herself?

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Kaufman says that “the story is an emotional roller coaster that twists and shocks to the end. It’s a very exciting project to adapt. “

The power of us

The boy in the picture is The Power of Us sequel to their independent feature film Butter Final meal which stars Oscar winner Mira Sorvino and Alex Kersting. Arclight Films has taken over Final butter meal. The photo will be released later this year.

Kaufman started The Power of Us Entertainment to focus on social issues while creating innovative content. He says “this is where art meets advocacy”. “Final butter meal discusses teen suicide prevention and teen bullying The boy in the picture will tackle the social issue of missing children.

The boy in the picture was published by Bookouture and the deal brokered by Peta Nightingale on behalf of Bookouture and Emily Hayward-Whitlock of the Literary Artist Partnership Agency on behalf of Trope.

Kaufman is two-time Emmy winner of the 2000 stages Run the wild fields. His episodic television production credits include The Mentalist, Rogue, NCIS: Los Angeles, The Bridge, Grimm among others.

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