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Former S.F. Police Chief Earl Sanders' book 'Zebra' goes Hollywood
Another week, another book snapped up by Hollywood. Former San
Francisco Chief of Police Prentice Earl
Sanders' 2006 book "The Zebra
Murders: A Season of Killing, Racial Madness, and Civil Rights" was
sold to DreamWorks and odds are you will see it on the big screen soon,
literary agent Jessica Kaye of
Beverly Hills agency Kaye & Mills
While many books
get optioned by major film studios, "Zebra" appears on the fast track
to getting made into a film, said Kaye, who brokered the story rights
deal along with agent Kevin Mills
on behalf of former Chief Sanders and
co-author Bennett Cohen.
"Most options are just that -- an option, and very often (options go)
to producers whose hearts are in the right place but may not be able to
swing the rest of what it takes to get a film made," said Kaye. "In
this case, with a studio, a production team and a star attached, this
looks to me as though a movie will be made."
The team lined up to handle "Zebra" includes some of Hollywood's
biggest players. In addition to DreamWorks' involvement, actor Jamie
Fox signed on to star in the flick, which Plan B (which includes
Brad Pitt) and Foxx-King
Entertainment are set to produce.
The 2006 book examines a series of racially motivated serial killings
in San Francisco during the 1970s that Sanders investigated. During the
investigation, Sanders and his partner faced harassment in the police
department and successfully sued The City for discrimination.
Sanders later became Chief of San Francisco's police department. In the
Bay Area, Sanders is also remembered for helming the SFPD when drunken
police officer Alex Fagan Jr.
allegedly pummeled a bartender over his
fajitas and a cover up ensued.
Not only has Sanders had a successful career as an author since
retiring from the SFPD, but once "Zebra" is made into a film the heavy
publicity associated with its promotion will likely eclipse the
firestorm of the so-called Fajita-gate scandal.
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