Miranda rights screenplay optioned

Philip von Alvensleben, James Veres pick up 'Noble Soul'

Alive Entertainment chief Philip von Alvensleben and former Columbia TriStar vp James Veres have optioned "Noble Soul," a screenplay by Joe Wallenstein, a producer and USC film school administrator.

"Soul" is a fact-based legal drama probing the Supreme Court's landmark 1966 Miranda case on criminal-arrest procedure. Wallenstein based his script on accounts passed on by his friend John Flynn, the attorney who successfully pleaded the case.

"In some quarters, Miranda was and remains a deeply unpopular decision," Wallenstein said. "However, it is crucial that all Americans remember that at no time is their liberty more precious than when it is unpopular."

A TV multihyphenate on such series as "Knots Landing" and "7th Heaven," Wallenstein is director of physical production at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He is repped by Roger Strull at Preferred Artists and Dionell Guanco at Avery Management.

Financial terms of the "Noble" deal weren't disclosed.