BREAKING: Sony Pictures made a pre-emptive deal for Death Of A Heart, an in-progress book by Howard Blum, a true female -driven WWII spy story that is as much a character tale as a suspenseful espionage story. Mark Gordon producing. Hannah Minghella and Lauren Abrahams will oversee for Sony Pictures along with Michele Wolkoff and Sara Smith for the Mark Gordon Company. Paradigm’s Bob Bookman brokered a deal I’m told the deal was mid six figures against nearly a million. The deal comes as Blum has two other book to movie adaptations in the works. Dark Invasion, a true WWI spy story about the birth of terrorism that was published by HarperCollins, is being adapted by Warner Bros with Bradley Cooper attached to star and produce with John Lesher. Taylor Sheridan has written the script. Blum’s book, The Floor Of Heaven, is being adapted by Chernin Entertainment and Fox, and they have a script by The Fighter‘s Scott Silver and are out to directors.
The recent uptick in serious movies based on true stories bodes well for a guy like Blum, who has long done well finding film friendly true stories. It has helped his book business as well. Here’s a trailer for Blum’s book that is being used as a book promo: