Weinstein Books acquired publishing rights for A Speck in The Sea, a book by John Aldridge and Anthony Sosinski that will simultaneously be developed for film by The Weinstein Company. Weinstein Books editorial director Amanda Murray bought the rights for spring 2017 publication.

Aldridge is a Montauk fisherman who fell of his boat into the ocean, 40 miles off Montauk in the middle of the night. With no life vest, things looked dire. His childhood best friend and fishing partner Anthony Sosinski awoke and realized John was gone, and a multi-state rescue operation was launched. The book, and film, will cover the rescue operation in real time. Also optioned is a New York Times article on the subject by Paul Tough that gives the book and film its title. Rachael Horovitz will produce with Jason Blum and Harvey Weinstein. Bob Weinstein will be executive producer. Jeff Pope will write the script.

“This is a wild story of endurance and resilience that is destined for the book page and the big screen,” Harvey Weinstein said in a statement. “John and Anthony are awesome examples of what it takes to survive against all odds and that is a great message to share.”

David Steinberger, President of the Perseus Books Group, commented: “John and Anthony’s story is a reminder of the meaning of and importance of community. These are men who risk their lives for each other, for their neighbors and friends. It is an honor to publish their story.”