Robert and Susan Downey to Produce White Collar FBI Movie 'Chasing Phil' for Warner Bros.
Robert Downey will possibly star as the charismatic mastermind behind dozens of multi-million dollar schemes.
Warner Bros. has preemptively picked up the film rights to book proposal Chasing Phil: The World’s Greatest Con Man, Two Undercover FBI Agents, and Their Amazing Around The World Adventure for Team Downey, Robert Downey's production company.
The book, written by David Howard, is based on the true story about the FBI’s first foray into white collar crime-fighting. It centers on two young FBI agents who infiltrate the world of Phil Kitzer, the charismatic mastermind behind dozens of multi-million dollar schemes, and his network of associates known as "The Fraternity." It's described as Wolf of Wall Streets meet Goodfellas.
The character of Phil Kitzer will be designed as a potential acting vehicle for Downey.
Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey and David Gambino are producing while Rob Hackett is overseeing with Gambino for Team Downey. Courtenay Valenti and Julia Spiro are overseeing for Warner Bros.
Along with the film rights, Warner Bros. also acquired the life rights for retired FBI agents Jim Wedick and Jack Brennan.
ICM Partners repped the book proposal along with the life rights of the two FBI agents. The publishing rights are with Larry Weissman Literary.