‘Amazon Studios has acquired feature film rights to the heartbreaking bestseller Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley. Michael Mitnick is attached to write the screenplay. Author Steven Rowley and Rob Weisbach will executive produce. Lauren O’Connor and Julie Rapaport will oversee for Amazon Studios.
Rowley’s debut novel is about the relationship between a man and his dachshund Lily, told in a magical realist style that uses an octopus that attaches to Lily to grapple with ideas about illness, death and holding on (and letting go) to the pets we love. Published in June 2016, generated about 20 international editions and was a national bestseller.
Rowley was repped by Matthew Snyder at CAA and Rob Weisbach at Rob Weisbach Creative Management. Mitnick is repped by WME and Grandview.’