J I Baker will adapt the thriller screenplay from his novel about conspiracy theories surrounding the death of Marilyn Monroe.

CAA representatives negotiated on behalf of Winkler Films with Richard Pine at InkWell Management for Baker.

“The Empty Glass reads like a Billy Wilder screenplay,” David Winkler [pictured] said. “It’s got suspense, action and dramatic plot turns that will appeal to great directors, and rich dialogue that will attract great actors. We knew immediately that nobody could adapt the book better than the author himself, Jim Baker.”

“When I was writing The Empty Glass, I very much had Goodfellas in mind structurally, so the fact that Winkler Films has optioned the book makes it feel like it’s come full-circle,” Baker said. “I’m thrilled to be writing the adaptation my first time out of the gate for such esteemed producers.”

Irwin Winkler is currently in production of The Wolf Of Wall Street for Red Granite.