Jun 25 2014 5:57pm

J.D. Robb’s In Death Series Optioned for Film!

Ready for some big news, In Death fans? Amber Entertainment announced on Monday that it has acquired the film rights to the series!

Here's their tweet, which links to an announcement on J.D. Robb's official Facebook fan page:

Naturally, the fandom exploded, so Robb herself (a.k.a. Nora Roberts) took to her blog to clarify several points, including the fact that while the rights have been sold, this does not guarantee a movie will be made. (The project is in the very early stages of development, and as film buffs know, many projects do not make it all the way into production, let alone theaters. In those situations, if/when the option runs out, the rights revert back to the author/publisher/rights holder.)

Here are a few more excerpts from Robb's post (or read the full blog entry here):

I’ve met face-to-face with the producer, twice. She has not only read the books, she gets them–and the characters. I’ve turned down option offers before, for this series and for my other work because I didn’t feel it was a good fit. This feels like one.

Will it be? No absolute guarantee, but I have to trust my instincts.


Will the movie be an exact reproduction of the book? Again, no. It can’t possibly be. It’s based on the novel, translated from the novel to the screen, interpreted by a director, a cinematographer, a screenwriter, and far from least of all, by actors. Both the producer and I agree the film must, absolutely must, remain true to the core of the book and the characters. But yes, some things will be left out, some things will change in order to make the shift from page to screen.


I’m not in charge of casting–I wouldn’t know where to begin. But again, I’ll have input. Actors act, and a really good actor becomes the role. Gregory Peck became Atticus Finch, Anthony Hopkins Hannibal Lector. For me Tom Cruise became Lestat, Michelle Williams Marilyn Monroe, Jennifer Lawrence became Katniss (and Mystique!) That’s what I’m looking for when the time comes–actors who can make me believe–as their creator–they’re the characters.

What are your thoughts on a possible Naked in Death movie? Who would you like to see cast as Lt. Eve Dallas and her billionaire hubby Roarke if the project gets to that stage?

Want more? Check out all of our J.D. Robb and In Death coverage here and stay tuned for more news as we get it!

h/t to Anne Marie Tallberg for the links!

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Lucy D
2. Lucy D
I'm not getting excited yet. This is not the first time they talked about putting Roarke and Eve on screen. I remember debating casting choices with Mom a few years ago since we are both big fans. I think the problem at that time was which story to use. Rumors at that time were that they were trying to merge book 1 and 2 and it all fell through. :(
Carmen Pinzon
3. bungluna
I don't know why I always pictured Eve as a younger Annette Bening. Roarke defies my imagination.

If it makes it all the way through production, and if the get to actually casting and filming it, my biggest fear is that some hot 20-somthing starlet will play Eve agains a 40-somthing actor.

Nothing to do but wait and see.
Lucy D
4. dbgVA
I've always thought of Roarke as a young Pierce Brosnon, obviously he is too old now. Roarke is in his early 30's as is Eve. Don't know who I'd pick to be Eve.
Lucy D
5. Marian Lanouette
I absolutely love this series and all the characters. I can't imagine who will play the parts of Eve and Roarke. I know I was disappointed with another series I love when they cast the wrong woman for the part.
I'll have to wait to see who is picked.
Lucy D
6. carlton mckenney
Stana Katic as Eve.
Maria Rivera
7. Maririve
I've always thought Matt Bomer would make a perfect Royce, and I agree that Stana Katic would be a perfect Eve. When I saw her in the first episodes of Castle she was so much like Eve that I thought they had copied the character.
Lucy D
8. knotanew.bookworm
I don't know yet about Eve, but what about the guy who plays Hook on Once Upon a Time add Roarke?
Lucy D
9. Flavia Davids
Oh my word, that would be awesome! I can't wait to see if that will happen!
Lucy D
10. Rah
Kllian Jones aka hook from Once Upon a Time! I can see him as Roarke
dee myles
11. dolo5125
I've read every book since day 1 when the books first came out in paperback. Here is my pick for the main characters. Angelina Jolie is Eve Dallas. She has the acting chops for the role. For Roarke, drum roll....... Colin Farrell. He's Irish, black hair, already a bad boy, acting credentials, only thing he is lacking is the intense blue eyes, and contacts can take care of that.
Lucy D
12. bearsmommy
I picture Kate Beckinsale on Eve & maybe Matt Bomer he has such beautiful eyes he is tall dark & handsome.
Lucy D
13. knotanew.bookworm
Idea #2: Eoin Macken
Lucy D
14. Donna Shea
I think that Sara Shahi would be awesome for Eve. I seen her in fairly legal. She could seriously have Eve's whole attitude down pat plus she is an exceptional actor who can be strong and valnerable at the same time.
As for Roarke would have to be strong & look dangerous plus look good in shoulder length hair like Roarke in the book.
My first choice would be Hugh Jackman who is an awesome actor & can be tough & gentle at the same time on camera.
My second choice would be Alex O Loughlin who is also dangerous looking and is another exceptional actor.
Then if these two couldn't do it maybe Jeffery Dean Morgan or Til Schweiger.
Lucy D
15. Barbarella
Possibly Colin Farrell for Roarke. Roguish, suave, romantic and oh boy - that accent!
Lucy D
16. Galahad
Not Colin Farrell, he has brown eyes for a start, which Roarke has not, and Colin is too heavy on facial hair, eyebrows and all, so I definitively go for Matt Bomer as Roarke. Alternative: Giulio Berruti.

Sara Shahi is some sort of "too young" a type to be my Eve, and we shouldn't cast any actress with too dark eyes and hair since Eve is the brown-golden honey-eye type. But with short hair, Sara would be my Peabody, no kidding. She has this puppy-like liveliness and the soft spots of Delia, but then again also the required seriousness when it comes to work. I'd also go with Stana Katic for Peabody rather than for Eve.

My Eve would be Poppy Montgomery. She has these beautiful lightbrown eyes and slender-yet-tough posture. I can imagine her swearing like a sailor (or like Debra Morgan haha) to any superior or scumbag villain, and then again sweating, weeping and curling up against Roarke at nights after a nightmare. Honestly, she would be my perfect match with Matt Bomer.

And for some of the other main characters?

Sumerset - someone like Terence Stamp or Malcom McDowell, but we
shouldnt cast Sumerset as a "granddad" to Roarke. His daughter Marlena was younger than Roarke so I'd say he cant be more than in his (late) fifties when Roarke is in his thirties. So choosing a 70+ actor wouldnt be ideal, really.

Just the opposite for Dr. Mira. When I search the internet for suggestions on an actress for playing her, I mostly find this role gets cast too young. She is a grandma after all. Dont give me anyone under 50 to play her role. No Sasha Alexander or the like. Awesome but too young.

My Feeney is Brendan Gleeson - or if you'd need a "shorter" guy: George William Bailey. My Whitney is Thom Barry.

My McNab would be some kind of skinny Gabriel Mann type of guy, maybe Matt Barr.
Mavis? Maybe someone like Rachelle Lefèvre.
I picture Leonardo as some kind of blend of Dwayne The Rock Johnson and LL Cool J.
Lucy D
17. micheligan1
So Excited!!! I can imagine Angie Harmon, from Rizzoli and Isles, as Eve... she even has the dent!!!!
Lucy D
18. April47
Ioan Gruffudd should Play Roarke And Stana Katic should play Eve Dallas Check them out and you will see why.
jennifer hoppe
19. jhoppe
it took me a while and I like Matt Bohmer but I think Adrian Paul would make the perfect Roark! i can se him with his long dark hair and Scottish accent taking on the role like it was written for him!
Lucy D
20. Nonsequitr
How about Alana de la Garza from Forever for Eve Dallas? She's tall and thin and can play a no-nonsense cop. Cut her hair and I think you've got Dallas.
Lucy D
21. aacker96
Colin O'Donoghue as Roarke! He's even Irish, meaning no fake accent:)
Lucy D
22. lisadhm
Definitely should be Jennifer Carpenter playing Eve... she played Dexter's sister in that TV series, first time I saw her I thought "Eve Dallas!"
Lucy D
23. Jennelise
I think Bridget Moynahan for Eve, and Zooey Deschanel for Peabody. The rest of them change around a little for me, the more actors I check against my mental images.
Lucy D
24. alexmom27
I see Charlize Theron as Eve. Long and lean.... and someone like Benedict Cumberpatch for Roarke. It's the eyes
Lucy D
25. cassie lechner
jonathan rhys meyers for roarke, and sara shahi for eve?
Lucy D
26. mbucher
Warren Christie is perfect for Roarke. He's Irish - mid 30'st - gorgeous blue eyes - chiseled cheekbones - black hair that looks great long or short.
Stana Katic is perfect for Eve. Check out her similar role on CASTLE.
27. Silvertabby
Aidan Turner - the new Ross Poldark - IS Rourke!

He's even Irish!
Lucy D
28. KG
I always saw Jill Hennessy in my head as Eve. She's a bit older now for the starting role, but...
Lucy D
29. Mahala Pershin
I have read every single book (more than once LOL)
Roarke - James Scott is a perfect Roarke!! Tall, English, hot as hell, body to die for (I'm sure he can pull off an Irish accent) & can play a wicked mean guy..He's been the "bad guy" on Days of Our lives for years...Google him! He's the only one I picture as Roarke..check him out, he does sexy, sophisticated, businessman, dangerous..
Eve - Angie Harmon would be perfect
Sumerst - Terrance Stamp
Whitney - Thom Barry or Rocky Carroll
Peabody - Pauley Perrette or Ellen Page
McNab--Chad Michael Murray or Christopher Gorham
Feeney - Colm Meany
Lucy D
30. Phyllis Camp
I would love to see this as a weekly series just like criminal minds and csi. I just love these books and always look forward to the next.
Deborah Gebhardt
31. Gebhardt53
Pierce Brosnan could have been Rourke years ago, he's got the black hair, blue eyes and the accent! I don't know about Eve.
Lucy D
32. Rosanne furmanski
I love the in death series,and I am hoping we will see one of the books in the movies. I would be the first one in suggestion for Roark would be the gorgeous Hugh jackman. Now casting Eve would be tuff one. I will have to think on that one.
Lucy D
33. Dee Hill
I have all the books and have read them all and enjoy them.As for actors I will keep the cast of characters in my mind where they play their roles perfect. But I hope you do make the movie I would be first in line to see it. As for a T V series it would so much better than reality tv which I don't watch at all.
Lucy D
34. NitaGail
Roarke is hard to pick but Angie Harmon is definitely Eve. She has the look and the attitude to pull off Eve.
Lucy D
35. ChelseaDagger
I would love to see this series as a film!!! But, I think you are all wrong on the actors for Eve & Roarke. I think most of the male actors I've seen listed are way too scrony. And my pic below is tall, muscular and has the accent and squint in his BRIGHT blue eyes. My pic for Eve, has dented chin, strawberry blonde hair (can be changed), played a role that found and killed a terrorist, and has the eyes. She has range to be tough as nails, yet vulnerable and haunted.

Eve = Jessica Chastain
Roarke = Gerard Butler
Lucy D
36. Mytraylee
I think since the series is so long it would make a better TV series than a movie! What do u think?
Lucy D
37. Mary Omboy
I love all of the In Death books. Cant wait to see the movie.....
Lucy D
38. TracieBelow
Kathryn Morris (from Cold Case) - is how I imagine Dallas
Lucy D
39. Lesleyd
Aiden Turner - is the Perfect Roarke! First thing i thought of when i watched Poldark!. Eye color can easily be changed with color contacts.
Lucy D
40. Giovanna Napolitano
I have a couple of actors/actresses as cast for the in death series.
Roarke: Chris Hemsworth or David Boreanaz
Dr. Mira: Jane Seymour
Peabody: Linda Cardellini
Suzanne Chambliss
41. smbchambliss
a few things about me - 1) I've been reading the in Death Series for many years & have gotten many family members and friends hooked on the series. I re-read all the books at various times and frequently listen to the audio books when I travel. 2) I am a professional film crew person. 3) I have a PhD in Dramatic Literature. As a side note - I find all literature to be dramatic even though the term is officially limited to Plays.

Having established those points, I have very mixed feelings about the "in death books being optioned. I am guessing that at this point it's only the first book (Naked in Death) that has been optioned at this point in time but I could be wrong. Anyway, as a person who sees both sides of the page to screen issues from a profesional perspective, it is impossible to make a film exactly as written in a novel. Nora Roberts addressed that well in her blog. She has had enough of her books adapted over the years to know and understand the advantages and disadvantages of the process. Not every fan will be happy no matter how the adaptation goes. I personally fear the adaptation by a lesser known company because the futuristic aspect of the books. Granted, they could cut all the scifi aspects but I feel like that would detract from the world Roberts has created. There are aspects of Olympus, Vegas II, New LA, the "newer technologies" and other features that all help to create the world that Dallas lives in - in my opinion it should not be a "modern day" New York City - it needs to maintain a futuristic quality to help the audience truly "buy into" the world of Eve & Rourke. Usually this requires more money than a smaller company has to invest in the production process.

As for casting - all of the celebrities I have heard mentioned are either too old or not nearly appropriate for the characters. Honestly, with a series this long they need to find unknown actors who can truly embody the characters. This movie has the potential for "James Bond" type fans. Sean Connery was not the celebrity he is today until he embodied 007. Those who will watch all future "in death" films should do so because the characters are that gripping, not because the celebrity playing it today has a following. These characters grow and develop not only within each book but also within the series. As my father said, these characters become friends as you read the stories. As readers, we cannot help but become personally invested in each story. When Peabody is nearly killed or McNAb becomes partially paralyzed, we hurt for them and want them to get better as quick as possible. We crave the next episode in the story because we want to know what the next adventure brings for each character.

Will this movie ever get made? We won't know for a while, but as a fan I hope if they do, it stays true to the characrers we all know and love - not the celebrities that could be cast in each role.
Lucy D
42. Maggie Yavuz
Annie Harmon & Gerard Butler!!!
Lucy D
43. Hhead
Rachel McAdam as Eve. If you haven't seen her in True Detective, check her out. PERFECT. Kick-ass, beautiful without realising, hurt underneath with tough shell, shady, ugly as hell, just the right age.

Roarke.. Pity Richard Gere is a little too old. . Think of his look in Pretty Woman. Especially the switch between vulnerable later on in the movie and tycoon (with a heart) when taking over the old man's company... Damn...
Lucy D
44. Si_commuter58
I vote for Essie Davis as Eve Dallas!
Lucy D
46. Kathylee5
Oh, my goodness! I just saw Roark! Check out Henry Cavill in Man from Uncle! I need to stand in front of my open freezer. I think I'm having a hot flash!
DJ Shatley
47. dejs
Stana Katic is Eve for me. The first time I saw her on Castle she was at her murder board and I just thought "that's Eve". I haven't seen anybody beautiful enough to be Roarke! :)

I don't know whether to dread that they won't make a movie or dread that they will. Anybody read Iris Johansen's Eve Duncan series? They made The Killing Game into a Lifetime movie. Worse than the questionable casting, the muddied & confusing plot, they left out major characters. How can you have The Killing Game without John Logan, Galen, and the ghost of Bonnie? I still watched it, but it was very disappointing.

Then there's The Relic by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child. In the movie they not only rewrote the ending they left out the main star of the whole book series - Agent Pendergast!

Just imagine all the terrible things they could do to Naked In Death!
Lucy D
48. cruachan
Eve: Jaimie Alexander or Hayley Attwell. It's all about the eyes.
Roarke: I like Matt Bomer, smooth and charming and good looking enough. Question is whether or not he's dangerous enough though. Jim Caviezel is perfect but too old. JJ Feild is another possibility.
Feeney: Kevin Chapman
Peabody: Alexandra Daddario
Whitney: Delroy Lindo
McNab: Domhnall Gleeson
Mira: Rena Sofer (too young probably) or Susanna Thompson
Can't believe no one has mentioned Nadine Furst, I'd go for
Jessy Schram or Katheryn Winnick
Lucy D
49. James H Bintz
Stana Katic could have been Eve of she had never been Beckett. Now it's too close a portrayal. I nominate Cobie Smulders.
Matt Bomer is too slender. I see Roarke as more filled out, athletic not sleek. He swims and fights with Eve after all. Cobie Smulders would snap Matt Bomer like a breadstick.
Lucy D
50. Tink
If I were to have a dream Eve, I would picture her as Jane Lynch, - but of course, MUCH younger. So - Jaimie Alexander instead
Ian Somerhalder - for Roarke
Molly C Quinn for Peabody
And Justin Timberlake for McNab
Lucy D
51. Denise Harmon
Jacqueline Toboni who plays Trubel on Grimm. I see her as the perfect Eve Dallas!!
Lucy D
52. Glo Mucci
I think the movie industry (chambliss) person is correct, new, young actors need to bring the books to the screen. I can imagine all the aforementioned actors doing each role, but young and newly seasoned seem best for a futuristic series.
Lucy D
53. brenda62
I have been waiting for this to come to life. I have gotten family and friends hooked and they all would love to see this a movie. yes the roles need to be special people to play them, people who are able to make more if it makes a huge splash and I think it will.
Lucy D
54. GingerMegz
I've loved this series since I was in school, and all your individual suggestions for actors really got me thinking.
I'm so worried it won't translate 100% to the big screen...but que sera, I' d still go see it a million times =P

After reading through these comments & doing a bit of Googling here's my current list (will be expanded to include characters not yet found lol).

This is how I picture each character personally:

ROARKE: Matt Bomer / Henry Cavill / Ian Somerhalder / Hugh Jackman

EVE: Stana Katic / Ashlee Greene (I know it's an odd choice, but she has a certain look)

MIRA: Julie Walters / Jane Seymour / Meryl Streep / Helen Mirren (yes probably quite cliche)

MCNABB: Gabriel Mann / Jackson Rathbone

Will have to do some visualisation to come up with the rest when I'm reading tonight! =D
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