11:00am PT by Tatiana Siegel, Rebecca Ford
Rights Available! Dark Internet Tale and Emile Griffith Biographical Novel Ready to Option
A version of this story first appeared in the Nov. 13 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
The recently wrapped Frankfurt Book Fair spawned a slew of fiction rights deals including Bobbie Peers' William Wenton and the Luridium Thief to Morten Tyldum and Jane Harper's The Dry to Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea’s Pacific Standard. Now, it's time for some nonfiction works to shine. A true-life period drama about a black bisexual boxer and a magazine piece exploring cyberspace's seediest corners are among the hot properties making the rounds this week.
A Man's World: The Double Life of Emile Griffith (Simon & Schuster) by Donald McRae
Agencies: Curtis Brown U.K., ICM Partners
This cross between The Imitation Game and Raging Bull tackles the life of Emile Griffith, a black bisexual boxer from the U.S. Virgin Islands who killed an opponent with a barrage of blows during a 1962 bid to regain his world title.
"The Darknet" (Rolling Stone) by David Kushner
This deep dive into the web's untraceable, anonymous "Wild West" is generating buzz. Originally launched by the U.S. government, the "darknet" now is home to some of the world's most dangerous drug dealers, hackers, arms runners and sex traffickers.