Walton, Dresher get press badges for Par project


Paramount is getting behind the power of the press.

The Melrose Avenue studio has picked up the life rights of Missouri journalist Linda Trest, who helped break open the cover of a drug-busting con man. Screenwriters Anthony Walton and Andrew Dresher have been brought on board to script a film inspired by her story.

Brad Pitt's Plan B is producing with "Troy" writer David Benioff.

Trest was a reporter for the Gasconade County Republican in Gerald, Mo., when she heard stories about a federal agent nicknamed "Sergeant Bill" who was rousting people from their homes. Since Gerald had been ravaged by methamphetamine abuse, local law enforcement was happy to assist the fed's efforts to clean up the town with arrests and home searches.

The only hitch: Bill A. Jakob turned out to be an unemployed cop and former trucking company owner from a different town with no actual law enforcement credentials. Trest eventually exposed Jakob's bizarre con.

Plan B is repped CAA; Benioff is repped by CAA and Management 360.

Walton and Dresher are with ICM and Management 360. (partialdiff)