EXCLUSIVE: Vincent Sieber’s VS Entertainment has acquired screen rights to Blood’s A Rover, the latest novel by L.A. Confidential author James Ellroy. Sieber, currently executive producing Alex Proyas’ The Unpleasant Profession Of Jonathan Hoag, will produce Rover with Clark Peterson, who recently wrapped production on Atom Egoyan’s Devil’s Knot. Ellroy will be exec producer.

Set during the troubled times of the late 1960s and early ’70s, the novel tells the story of Joan Rosen Klein who, against all odds, triumphs against her mobbed-up and politically connected foes to avenge her lost loved ones. In the process, she alters the course of history as well as the lives of the three men who follow her: Dwight Holly, J. Edgar Hoover’s pet strong-arm goon; Wayne Tedrow, and ex-cop and heroin runner who is building a mob gambling mecca in the Dominican Republic; and Don Crutchfield, a window-peeping private-eye within tantalizing reach of right-wing assassins, left-wing revolutionaries and the powermongers of an incendiary era. Their lives collide in pursuit of the “Red Goddess” Joan — and each of them pay a price to live history.

Said Ellroy: “My most recent novel is — not surprisingly — also my best. The story is no less than the psychic inventory of America from 1968 to 1972. I have no doubt that Clark Peterson and Vincent Sieber will fashion a splendid motion picture from this noir epic.”

Ellroy is repped by literary manager Joel Gotler; VS Entertainment is repped by attorney Robert Jesuele.