Rights Available! 2 Hot New Stories With Hollywood Appeal

Courtesy of ICM

A novel from the author of the 'Southern Reach' trilogy and a controversial article about the killing of Osama bin Laden are both ripe for optioning.

This story first appeared in the June 5 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Given the box-office success of U.S. Navy SEAL stories — from American Sniper to Zero Dark Thirty to Act of Valor to Captain Phillips — the appetite for source material involving SEAL heroics never wanes. But this week's batch of available rights includes a nonfiction article that turns the most famous SEAL story in recent years on its head. On the fiction front, the author dubbed "the weird Thoreau" by The New York Times tackles an unsettling future once again.

The Killing of Osama bin Laden by Seymour Hersh
Agency: ICM

The Pulitzer-winning journalist's London Review of Books article — too controversial to be published in the U.S. — shreds the Obama administration's official narrative of the takedown of America's No. 1 enemy. Producers already are jockeying for rights to the piece, which is dubbed the anti-Zero Dark Thirty.

Borne by Jeff VanderMeer (FSG)
Agency: Gersh

The author of the Southern Reach trilogy (whose rights were picked up by Scott Rudin, with Ex Machina’s Alex Garland attached to write and direct and Natalie Portman in talks to star) goes postapocalyptic again with the story of a woman who discovers a mysterious — and possibly dangerous — creature.