By Dana Getz
July 20, 2016 at 05:34 PM EDT
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The Goldfinch (2019 movie)

Fresh off his Oscar-nominated run with Brooklyn, John Crowley has set his sights on guiding another novel to the big screen. The breakout director will helm the upcoming adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer-winning The Goldfinch, EW has confirmed.

The 2013 bestseller trails a young Theo Decker. After surviving a terrorist bombing at an art museum that kills his mother, the 13-year-old boy steals Carel Fabritius’ world-famous “Goldfinch” painting and seeks solace in crime. Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) wrote the adapted script, and Nina Jacobson (The Hunger Games), Brad Simpson (The People v. OJ Simpson), Brett Ratner (Rush Hour), and James Packer (Mariah Carey’s fiancé who also produced The Revenant) have signed on to produce.

Crowley previously directed the Saoirse Ronan-led Sundance smash Brooklyn, which grossed $38.2 million at the domestic box office and landed a Best Picture nomination from the Academy. He also racked up credits for Intermission (2003) and Boy A (2008), the latter of which earned him a BAFTA for best director. He’s next set to oversee Cate Blanchett in her Broadway debut, The Present, a reimagining of Chekhov’s first large-scale play.

Deadline was first to report the news.

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