From Leak to Book to Movie: The Plame Saga Headed for Hollywood

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By: E&P Staff

Warner Bros. is developing a feature film on the lives of Valerie Plame and her husband Joe Wilson, Daily Variety reports, a co-production between Weed Road’s Akiva Goldsman and Jerry and Janet Zucker of Zucker Productions.

Jez and John Butterworth are writing the screenplay. The brothers recently wrote “Superbad,” a James Brown bio that Spike Lee will direct.

“WB has secured the life rights of Plame and Wilson,” Variety reports. “Studio also will use Plame’s memoir, ‘Fair Game,’ if the CIA permits her to publish it. Plame made a reported publishing deal in the $2.5 million range last year, and Simon & Schuster is expected to publish late this year. While it would be ironic for Plame’s story to be illegally leaked by the White House, only to have another government branch deny her the right to tell it herself, the CIA has the latitude to silence Plame….

“Jerry and Janet Zucker, who got to know Plame and Wilson because all four are involved in stem cell politics, said that the fate of the book won’t determine the fate of the film.

“‘Almost everything that we need for the movie is available from print outlets, and obviously we haven’t read the book yet because it hasn’t been approved by the CIA,’ Jerry Zucker said. ‘Valerie has been incredibly careful with what she tells us, it’s almost like she is still working for the CIA. The biggest element of the movie to us is the story of two people who spent their lives in service of their government, and were then betrayed by that government.'”

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