J.J. Abrams to produce Colum McCann’s Let the Great World Spin

J.J. Abrams is to produce an adaptation of Colum McCann’s National Book Award-winning novel Let the Great World Spin.

The book’s characters include a young Irish monk living among prostitutes in the Bronx; a group of mothers mourning their sons, killed in Vietnam, in a Park Avenue apartment; and a 38-year-old grandmother walking the streets with her teenage daughter. With comparisons to Don DeLillo’s work, McCann’s novel serves as an allegory of 9/11 and its aftermath.

Abrams would produce at Paramount with McCann on board to write the script.