‘Deep Throat’ Sells Book, Movie Rights — In League of His Own or on Road to Perdition?

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By: E&P Staff

?Deep Throat? has finally cashed in — his family’s main reason for going public now — with a book and movie deal, reportedly for $1 million.

Most of the money will come from a movie deal, with the rights snapped up by Universal and Tom Hanks’ Playtone production company. Hanks could end up playing W. Mark Felt, a.k.a. Deep Throat, a kind of ?Castaway? for the past 30 years.

According to published reports today, the family of Felt, 91, has
picked PublicAffairs Books to publish a memoir/as told to next year with Universal Pictures optioning his life story for Hanks.

Lawyer John D. O’Connor, who wrote the Vanity Fair article that outed Felt as Deep Throat, will help out a great deal, as Felt’s memories of the Watergate era may be fading. The book’s working title reveals that it is broadbased: “A G-Man’s Life: The FBI, Being ‘Deep Throat’ and the Struggle for Honor in Washington.”

Bob Woodward’s “The Secret Man: The Story of Watergate’s Deep Throat” is being rushed for publication on July 6. Carl Bernstein is writing a “reporter’s assessment” that will be included in that book.

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