Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Books 'n Films...Upcoming...

30-year-old Thomas Mullen's first novel THE LAST TOWN ON EARTH, set in 1918 against the backdrop of both the influenza pandemic and WWI, about a teenaged boy, the son of a progressive mill owner, standing guard as the town tries to isolate itself from the spreading flu, when an exhausted, hungry American soldier approaches begging for help, to Jennifer Hershey at Random House, at auction, by Susan Golomb of the Susan Golomb Agency (NA).
Film rights were optioned to Dreamworks last week, by Rich Green at CAA.Domestic rights:

Ira Berkowitz's FAMILY MATTERS, a debut crime novel about a police officer torn between his duty to the law and his loyalty to his brother and their father, who share a chilling secret about a series of deaths 30 years apart, to Steve Hull at Justin, Charles & Co., in a nice deal, by Gina Panettieri at Talcott Notch Literary Services (world English)
BiographyMark Ribowsky's HE'S A REBE: Phil Spector -- Rock & Roll's Legendary Producer, an updated version of this biography of the music producer about to stand trial for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, Ben Schafer at Da Capo, for publication in spring 2006, by Michael Dorr (world)

Illustrated/ArtFormer vice presidential candidate and Senator John Edwards' BLUEPRINTS: The Architecture of Our Lives, the story of America's common values and American's common dreams through pictures of the childhood homes of a diverse and notable group of people and stories from those people, to Joe Tessitore at Collins, with Kathy Huck editing, by Robert Barnett at Williams & Connolly (world). Edwards will donate his royalties to charity.

Journalist Regan McMahon's REVOLUTION IN THE BLEACHERS, for parents who spend their lives shuttling their kids from one organized sports practice to the next, losing valuable family time and contributing to the all-or-nothing attitude in youth sports today, based on McMahon's controversial cover story for the San Francisco Chronicle, to Erin Moore at Gotham, in a pre-empt, by Betsy Lerner at Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency.

FilmFilm rights to BACK IN ACTION: The Captain David Rozelle story, about his recovery after losing his right foot in combat Iraq -- strong enough to compete in triathlons with a prosthetic foot, and recently returned to Iraq to lead his mean again, to producers Braunstein/Jaffe and A&E for a dramatic movie, on behalf of Alexander Hoyt Associates and Regnery Publishing, by Hotchkiss and Associates.

Film rights to Robert Kurson's forthcoming INTO THE LIGHT, about a blind man who "had the chance to regain his sight thanks to advancements in stem cell surgery," again to Fox 2000 (which is producing SHADOW DIVERS), in a major deal, reportedly for almost $1 million, following an article by the author in the current Esquire, by ICM.

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