James Patterson Signs a Deal with CBS Television Studios

By Kitin Miranda | 2 years ago
James Patterson Signs a Deal with CBS Television Studios

Books get adapted into movies all the time, from classics all the way to science fiction. However, books are picked up from time to time by networks who are more than eager to adapt books into television shows. Joining the ranks of TV book adaptations, such as Stephen King’s “Under the Dome,” are best-selling thriller author James Patterson’s books. His entertainment company has just closed a deal with CBS Television Studios, which will gain them first-look access to the author’s works. Read on to learn more about the story.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, this deal is the first of its kind, as it will allow the studio, especially Cathy Konrad’s Treeline Films, who already has a deal with CBS Television Studios, to be able to access and use all of the author’s works as material for future projects.


James Patterson is a New York Times best-selling thriller writer. His books have been widely read as his works target a wide audience range, from adults to young adults. Some of his better known works include the “Alex Cross” books, “The Women’s Murder Club,” and the young adult fantasy series “Maximum Ride,” which has already spawned a Manga adaptation.

Some of his works have been adapted to the big and small screens before, such as the movies “Along Came a Spider” (2001) and “Alex Cross” (2012), and  television shows such as the “Women’s Murder Club” in 2007.

This comes immediately after the news that James Patterson Entertainment and CBS Television Studios  had closed a deal just a month ago,  in which Cathy Konrad’s Treeline Films will be adapting the author’s 2012 stand-alone science fiction thriller novel, “Zoo,” into a series. The series will be included in CBS’ 2015 summer lineup and will have 13 episodes, which they have already ordered.

“Zoo,” which was ordered straight to series, stands out from Patterson’s usual fare, as it takes the thriller into the science fiction arena. The novel focuses on a more environmental and ecological themes as the protagonist of the novel investigates an alarming increase in number of attacks on humans by mammals.

And that’s it for the scoop on James Patterson’s entire library being made available to CBS Television Studios and to Treeline Films. Keep on following Movie News Guide (MNG) for more updates and news on celebrities, television shows and movies.

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