Rupert Sanders Will Direct '90 Church: The True Story of the Narcotics Squad From Hell'
Rupert Sanders has another shot at directing.
According to Deadline, Universal Pictures has acquired rights to "90 Church: The True Story of the Narcotics Squad From Hell" by Dean Unkefer. The book will be published by Random House in the U.S. and Virgin Books in Europe in May 2013.
This will reteam "Snow White and the Huntsman" director Sanders with producers Joe Roth and Palak Patel, who will produce with Deborah Giarratana.
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The book was sold by CAA in a preemptive deal with the studio, with execs Jeffrey Kirschenbaum and Maradith Frenkel overseeing it.
Deadline describes "90 Church:"
The upcoming novel "90 Church" refers to the address of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics when it was formed in New York City to combat organized crime and drug traffic in the mid-1960s through early '70s. While the FBI refused even to acknowledge organized crime, 30 agents stood alone against a well-organized Mafia and vicious drug cartels.
To survive against impossible odds, the agents used incredibly brutal and cunning tactics to make cases and bring the war to a stalemate. Using an ever-expanding network of criminal informants held together by secret immunity deals, the sinister reputation of 90 Church grew along with the rising body count.
The book is fictionalized but based on true events, written by one of the agents who worked in the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. That bureau later merged with another and became the DEA.
It is not certain is Sanders, 41, will direct the sequel to "Snow White and the Huntsman."
In July, photos surfaced showing him and Kristen Stewart canoodling. Sanders, who is married to Liberty Ross with two small children, issued a public apology about his deep regret. Stewart also issued a public apology personally addressed to Robert Pattinson, her boyfriend at the time.
"We are extremely proud of 'Snow White and the Huntsman' and we're currently exploring all options to continue the franchise," Donna Langely, the co-chairman of Universal Pictures, said in a statement to The Wrap. "Any reports that Kristen Stewart has been dropped are false."
Universal has been planning a sequel to this summer's film, which was a modest success at the box office, with a production budget of $170 million and a global gross of roughly $389 million.
It appears Universal is particularly interested in a spinoff focused on the Huntsman character, played by Chris Hemsworth.