EXCLUSIVE: The Mark Gordon Company will produce and finance an adaptation of Blood’s A Rover, the 2009 crime novel by L.A. Confidential author James Ellroy. A script has been written by Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby, who were Oscar nominated for Children of Men and scripted Iron Man. Gordon will produce with Vincent Sieber — whose Midnight Road Entertainment developed the script with the scribes — and Clark Peterson. The film’s being packaged to shoot at year’s end with Sara Smith overseeing for Gordon.
Set in the underbelly of 1968 Los Angeles, FBI agent and enforcer Dwight Holly has been tasked by FBI director J. Edgar Hoover to find those responsible for a brazen emerald heist in South L.A., the heart of the city’s Black Power movement. As Holly unravels the case, he finds himself pitted against the formidable and morally impaired LAPD Sgt. Scotty Bennett and drawn to the alluring left-wing revolutionary Joan Rosen Klein. He soon realizes that the answers he seeks threaten his own long-held beliefs — and could cost him his life.
Said Gordon: “Ellroy’s novels have become part of the American cultural narrative and have resonated worldwide for decades. Blood’s A Rover is no exception. Although set in the 1960s, the politically charged plot, morally conflicted protagonist and vibrant portrayal of Los Angeles remain very relevant today.”
Fergus and Ostby are represented by CAA and Mark Gochman of Gochman Law Group. Midnight Road Entertainment is represented by Kevin Garland at Hogan Lovells. Ellroy is repped by Joel Gotler at Intellectual Property Group on behalf of Nat Sobel at Sobel Weber Associates.