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HarperCollins Acquires World Rights to COLD STORAGE by Acclaimed Screenwriter David Koepp


Film Rights Acquired by Paramount Pictures

HarperCollins Publishers announced today it has acquired world rights
for COLD STORAGE, the debut novel by David Koepp, the celebrated
screenwriter of such legendary films as Jurassic Park, Mission:
Impossible, Spider-Man
, and Panic Room.

The two-book deal was negotiated by Zachary Wagman, Executive Editor at
Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins, with Creative Arts Agency on behalf
of Koepp. COLD STORAGE will be published by Ecco in the US and by HQ in
the UK and Australia. It will also be published directly by
HarperCollins in Brazil, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan,
Portugal, Sweden, and in the Spanish language in Spain and the Americas.

COLD STORAGE is about Roberto Diaz, a national security expert who helps
contain a deadly, contagious organism to a secure government facility.
Thirty-two years later, he must help two unwitting storage unit security
guards quarantine it yet again—before its gruesome effects become

"I am excited to add David to the growing list of authors that
HarperCollins publishes globally," said Brian Murray, President and CEO
of HarperCollins Publishers. "Our teams have a proven track record of
publishing blockbuster works, especially in conjunction with a film
project. Cold Storage will surely be another success."

"I am so thrilled to be working with David Koepp. I've been a fan of his
cinematic talents for years, from Jurassic Park to Panic Room
(not to mention The Paper and Death Becomes Her). To see
those same skills applied to his first novel is nothing short of
extraordinary. It's such a vivid and addictive reading experience, full
of action and pathos, as well as subtle and effective touches of humor,"
said Wagman.

"What I love is the sheer propulsive force of the storytelling and the
ease with which he establishes his characters," said Daniel Halpern,
publisher of Ecco.

The film rights to COLD STORAGE were acquired by Paramount Pictures,
with Koepp and Gavin Polone set to produce. Koepp will be writing the
screenplay as well.

David Koepp is a celebrated American screenwriter and director best
known for his work on Jurassic Park, Spider-Man, War of the Worlds,
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
, and Mission:
His work on screen has grossed over $6 billion worldwide.

About HarperCollins HarperCollins Publishers is the second
largest consumer book publisher in the world, with operations in 18
countries. With two hundred years of history and more than 120 branded
imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000
new books every year in 17 languages, and has a print and digital
catalog of more than 200,000 titles. Writing across dozens of genres,
HarperCollins authors include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer
Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals and the
Man Booker Prize. HarperCollins, headquartered in New York, is a
subsidiary of News Corp (NASDAQ:NWS, NWSA, ASX: NWS, NWSLV)) and can be
visited online at

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