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The Mark Gordon Co. has picked up the movie rights to the upcoming James Patterson book All-American Murder: The Rise and Fall of Aaron Hernandez, the Superstar Whose Life Ended on Murderer’s Row.
MGC’s Mark Gordon and Matt Jackson will produce the project with Bill Robinson and Leopoldo Gout.
Patterson, who wrote the book with Alex Abramovich and Mike Harvkey, will executive produce. All-American Murder will be published by Little, Brown and Co. on Monday.
Hernandez was a star tight end with the New England Patriots who was arrested for murdering a football player who was dating his fiancee’s sister. He was found guilty in 2015 and serving life in prison when he was indicted for a separate double murder, although he was later acquitted. Days after his acquittal, he committed suicide in his cell.
According to the producers, All-American Murder “reveals the unvarnished truth behind the troubled star, with first-person accounts and untold stories — from his hometown of Bristol, CT to his college days in Gainesville, FL to the Patriots’ NFL locker room where he ascended to stardom, to the prison where Hernandez spent his final days.”
“The real, shocking events that led to Aaron Hernandez’s harrowing fall from NFL stardom gripped America’s attention and imprinted itself on today’s cultural zeitgeist,” said Gordon in a statement. “James is unmatched in his storytelling and reporting talents, and he chronicles this story with incredible insight and nuance. There is no other person with whom to collaborate to bring this timely film to life.”
Gordon is a veteran producer whose credits range from Saving Private Ryan to Speed to the recent remake of Murder on the Orient Express. He is currently producing Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.
Patterson is repped by CAA.
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