Tarrant crime writer Julia Heaberlin options latest novel to Hollywood

Tarrant County crime novelist Julia Heaberlin, a former Star-Telegram features editor, has optioned her third book, Black-Eyed Susans, to Los Angeles-based director/producer/writer Rod Lurie. He will adapt the book into a screenplay with his wife, writer Kyra Davis, according to

“Rod and Kyra read Black-Eyed Susans on their honeymoon,” Heaberlin responded in an e-mail. “It doesn't get much better than that for an author, when you distract someone on their honeymoon. Unless it’s that then they offer to turn your thriller into a movie. It's very surreal and exciting. I’m especially happy that Rod wants to portray the themes of the Texas death penalty as authentically as possible.”

Black-Eyed Susans tells the story of a woman who survives a serial-killer attack who conducts her own investigation into what happened. Heaberlin’s earlier novels are Playing Dead and Lie Still.

Lurie’s previous credits include the Straw Dogs remake with James Marsden and Kate Bosworth, Nothing but the Truth with Kate Beckinsale and Matt Dillon, The Last Castle with Robert Redford and James Gandolfini, and The Contender with Jeff Bridges and Joan Allen.

Most recently, he has been working in television as a director on such episodic shows as Hell on Wheels and American Odyssey.