We are absolutely delighted to announce that film rights to Annie Ward’s debut thriller, Beautiful Bad, have been acquired by Warner Bros. Pictures, on behalf of Kroll & Co.

Industry leader, Sue Kroll, will produce through her Kroll & Co. Entertainment banner, a Warner Bros. based production that engages with all aspects of the holistic filmmaking process to champion and preserve the essential artistic vision of each project.

After a competitive seven-way auction, the highly sought-after original novel sold to Quercus (UK) and HarperCollins (US), and it has sold to over a dozen publishers abroad, and has already been widely praised in a Publisher’s Weekly article written earlier this month.

Sue Kroll said of the project:  “From the very first pages of Beautiful Bad I was completely hooked… On the one hand, the novel carries the suspense of a truly unpredictable psychological thriller – it kept me guessing to the very end. Alongside that intrigue, however, is also a poignant and heartbreaking love story between the closest of friends.”

A thrilled Annie Ward said: “The first time I spoke with Sue Kroll was like being reunited with a dear friend who understands. It was not just her passion for the overall project but also her compassion for my characters that made me realise her vision was uncannily in sync with what I had dared to dream… I’m deeply grateful for the fact that Sue Kroll and Warner Bros. found me and Beautiful Bad.”

Sue Kroll is hugely influential in the film business: she has worked alongside a several A List actors, and is behind the upcoming adaptation of Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, starring Nicole Kidman and Ansel Elgort.

World renowned film director, Steven Spielberg, said of Kroll: “Over the years, I have seen Sue in action as one of the most inspired marketing minds in the industry… I trust her instincts, appreciate her unflagging devotion to her work, and admire her knowledge of film. I am looking forward to collaborating with her in her new capacity as a producer in the very near future.”

Beautiful Bad will publish in the UK and the US in March 2019.