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‘Children Of Chicago’: Producers Janet Zucker & Tony Eldridge Option Cynthia Pelayo’s Award-Winning Horror Novel For Film

(L-R) Janet Zucker, Tony Eldridge and Cynthia Pelayo
Courtesy of Patrick McMullan; Tori Eldridge; Sarah Anna Hansen

EXCLUSIVE: Producer Janet Zucker (Shining Sport, Chums with Benefits) has optioned the film rights to Cynthia Pelayo’s Global Latino E book Award winner Younger folks of Chicago for Zucker Productions, with producer Tony Eldridge (The Equalizer movies) for Lonetree Entertainment.

The 2-time Bram Stoker Award-nominated creator’s alarm novel is billed as a provocative, neatly-liked-day mosey on the Pied Piper fairy fable, moreover to a gritty devour letter to the underbelly of Chicago. In it, Detective Lauren Medina’s most neatly-liked call brings her to analyze a brutally murdered child in Humboldt Park―a crime eerily admire her sister’s spoil a long time earlier than. In incompatibility to her strait-laced partner, she acknowledges the crime, and the novel graffiti taking drugs in all places the metropolis, as a message: the Pied Piper has returned, and debts can be paid.

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“Cynthia has done an improbable job creating a uncommon multilevel memoir with unforgettable characters that soar off the win page and absorb disquieting region at nighttime recesses of the mind,” talked about Eldridge. “It is a myth that continues to hold-out long after the final web page is read. Janet and I are extremely satisfied that Cynthia has given us the replacement to raise Younger folks of Chicago to the display.”

“Working with both Tony Eldridge and Janet Zucker has been fine,” added Pelayo. “Tony understands the capability and depth of this memoir. Janet’s vision used to be totally in accordance with my purpose of talking the magic and mystery of these characters and the metropolis of Chicago.”

Pelayo is furthermore the creator of works including Loteria, Santa Muerte, The Lacking, Poems of My Evening and the poetry assortment Into the Forest and The overall Contrivance Through. Polis Books’ BIPOC crime stamp Agora printed her most neatly-liked work on the Pied Piper memoir, which is the first in a chain, in February of 2021.

Zucker Productions has beforehand produced movies including Shining Sport and Chums with Benefits, and is furthermore at the moment creating an adaptation of Ron Wimberly’s graphic novel Prince of Cats, penned by Selwyn Seyfu Hinds, Spike Lee and Wimberly, for Legendary Entertainment.

Lonetree Entertainment developed and produced The Equalizer film sequence starring Denzel Washington and is at the moment producing the characteristic film The Battle Magician starring Benedict Cumberbatch with Colin Trevorrow position to divulge.

Pelayo is represented by Lane Heymont at The Tobias Literary Company.

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