‘Salt to the Sea’ Optioned by Universal: We’re Excited For the Screenwriters Attached

Only thing better than a good book is a good adaptation of the book. Maybe that’s why we get excited when books that we love are picked up. But when do we get even more excited? When a talented screenwriter is attached to the project.

Ruta Sepetys‘ 2016 novel Salt to the Sea ,is one of the best historical fiction books that we have read, which is why there was no shock that there was a bidding war for the project. Universal ultimately won out picking up the rights to the novel.

If you aren’t familiar with the book, here’s the synopsis –

Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets.

Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war.

As thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom.

Yet not all promises can be kept.

Inspired by the single greatest tragedy in maritime history, bestselling and award-winning author Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray) lifts the veil on a shockingly little-known casualty of World War II. An illuminating and life-affirming tale of heart and hope.

Sound really good right? Well, trust us – it is.


The studio has attached The Fault in Our Stars screenwriters Scott Neustadter & Michael Weber to the project. For me, when I know that a writer that I love is attached to the project, who has adapted something so flawlessly before, I get even more excited. I know that the work is in good hands. And to me Scott Neustadter & Michael Weber are excellent hands.

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