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The 2003 book was once one of the hottest properties in town but became radioactive after Frey was exposed for inventing or embellishing parts of the story that was originally dubbed a memoir. Warner Bros. won the book in a bidding war in 2003 and set it up with producer Brad Pitt and his then-Plan B partners Jennifer Aniston and Brad Grey. Frey wrote the first version of the screenplay.
But then Frey was outed by The Smoking Gun, and both he and the book became toxic, complete with an Oprah Winfrey takedown after she felt duped by the book, which Winfrey had selected for her book club.
But no one ever disputed the power of the story Frey wrote about a young man who awakens on an airplane to Chicago, with no recollection of his injuries or of how he ended up on the plane. He then heads to a rehab and begins his journey to sobriety. The Taylor-Johnsons saw the appeal of the substance abuse tale and began adapting a screenplay earlier this year in which Aaron will star, with Sam directing.
The pair previously collaborated on the film Nowhere Boy, which chronicled John Lennon’s early years.
CAA has been negotiating the release of the rights from Warners, and the package is expected to be launched at the upcoming American Film Market, with Sierra/Affinity (Atomic Blonde) poised to handle international sales.
In a May interview with THR, Sam Taylor-Johnson talked about a secret project that she and her husband were working on together, saying, “We are already parents that run our house, so when we work together it’s the best.”
Sam Taylor-Johnson, who directed the adaptation of another mega-best-seller, Fifty Shades of Grey, most recently helmed episodes of the short-lived Netflix series Gypsy. She is repped by CAA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and attorney David Weber.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson starred in the Kick-Ass movies, played Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron and starred in Godzilla. But he also has plenty of non-tentpole work on his résumé, with recent roles including those in Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals and Doug Liman’s war thriller The Wall. He is now shooting Outlaw King, David MacKenzie’s follow-up to his breakout crime thriller, Hell or Hight Water. He is repped by UTA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Sloane Offer.
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