Lionsgate Acquires Rights to Amor Towles's Best-Selling Novel, RULES OF CIVILITY


As Deadline New York reported today, Lionsgate has officially landed the rights to Amor Towles' best-selling novel, RULES OF CIVILITY. No release date or casting has been announced.

Lionsgate began vying for the rights to the novel, originally published in 2011, this spring.

RULES Of CIVILITY presents the story of a young woman whose life is on the brink of transformation. On the last night of 1937, twenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a year-long journey into the upper echelons of New York society—where she will have little to rely upon other than a bracing wit and her own brand of cool nerve. With its sparkling depiction of New York’s social strata, its intricate imagery and themes, and its immensely appealing characters, Rules of Civility won the hearts of readers and critics alike.

“There is a universality to this story of  a woman trying to better her station in life, and it’s one you would find in anything from The King’s Speech, Silver Linings Playbook or Saturday Night Fever,” Feig said to Deadline. “These are themes that, if Charles Dickens came back, he would understand.”

BroadwayWorld will keep you updated on the beloved novel's transformation to film as details arise!

Photo Courtesy of Amor Towles' Official Web Site