Rights Available! Iraq War Story and Heroic Drug Dealers Tempt Buyers

'Overwatch' by Matthew Betley and "It Ain't the Police Who Was Helping Us" by Joel Anderson are ready for optioning.
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This story first appeared in the Aug. 28 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Good properties come on the market 12 months a year, even in August, a traditionally slow month. First up is a novel set against the backdrop of the Iraq War and terrorism involving the hunt for a rogue nuclear weapon that features two strong male leads. Also attracting attention is a feel-good BuzzFeed story about a drug dealer turned Katrina hero.

Overwatch (Atria) by Matthew Betley
Agencies: CAA, Gernert

American Sniper has made Iraq War stories hot again. In this novel set for March, two Marines return home with an Iraqi flag taken from a raid on a terrorist compound. The flag turns out to hide the location of a nuclear bomb, which they must find while being chased by mercenaries desperate to get to it first.

"It Ain't the Police Who Was Helping Us" by Joel Anderson
Agent: Joe Veltre (Gersh)

Straight Outta Compton's success and Hurricane Katrina's 10th anniversary should make this July 29 BuzzFeed article, about a low-level drug dealer who heroically rescues the storm-stranded residents of a New Orleans public housing complex, a timely pickup.

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