James Patterson has had an impressive career as an author. He has written over seventy books. He has created for his novels some of the most well known characters in modern American pop-culture. Some of his works include the ‘Alex Cross’ series, the ‘Women’s Murder Club’ series and the ‘Maximum Ride’ series. He also created Michael Bennett and Daniel X. Patterson holds the Guinness World Record for the most bestselling hardcover fiction titles written by a single author (63). This is also a New York Times Record. Patterson had nineteen consecutive Times Bestsellers, and is also the world’s best-selling author.
One of Patterson’s newer series is the fictional ‘Private’ series, which he co-authors with Maxine Paetro and Mark Sullivan. The books follow protagonist Jack Morgan and his company, Private Investigations, which is hired by a variety of high-profile clients, one of which being the London Olympics Organizing Committee. It was announced in mid-April that ‘Private’ has recently been slated for adaptation to a television show.
Even though the project is not yet available for bids from major networks, plans have been set in place. The first season will have thirteen episodes, the premier episode likely being two hours long. Black Swan screenwriter John McLaughlin will likely write this pilot. The project was pitched as a joint venture between Sonar Entertainment and James Patterson Entertainment.
In 2009, mega-corporation Twentieth Century Fox, in a partnership with Imagine TV, tried to develop ‘Private’ into a show for CBS. The idea never took off because the initial ‘Private’ book wasn’t out on the market yet. According to Sonar, the project didn’t take off because it was still “an unknown quantity.”
In the past, many of James Patterson’s books have been turned into movies, including Kiss the Girls and First to Die. His ‘Women’s Murder Club’ novels were the basis for a one season, thirteen episode show starring Angie Harmon that aired in 2007-2008.