According to Deadline, The Feather Thief has been optioned by Jenna Bush Hager for Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group. The series will be written by the book’s author Kirk Wallace Johnson.
Bush Hager described her fascination and passion for the project saying:
“The Feather Thief has been a favorite book of mine since its release in 2018. Kirk Wallace Johnson is a talented storyteller, and to work with him to adapt this wildly brilliant book for the screen is a dream.”
“This book – like the birds, rogues, and adventurers at the heart of it – has had an astonishing life, and, thanks to exuberant readers, continues to find a wide audience,” said Johnson. “I’m honored for the opportunity to helm the adaptation with such a great team – their passion for this project was so overwhelming that it made me feel as though I was discovering the story for the first time.”
“This whydunnit thriller is a must-read and will make an absolute must-watch,” said Beatrice Springborn, President, Universal International Studios. “It tackles people’s desire to control and own nature, the price of obsession, and dives into the mind of a teenage flute prodigy who pulled off a massive heist of rare bird feathers and skins. It is a wholly unique experience that, with Kirk adapting, we know will unfold in all its wild, colorful, and incredible splendor.”
It’s worth noting that Jenna Bush Hager is the daughter of Former President George W. Bush, a passionate fly angler himself, just like his father Former President George H.W. Bush.
You can read more about the series and Kick Wallace Johnson’s other new series in the works, in this article from Deadline Hollywood.