Producing deals are being negotiated with a heavyweight production outfit that will be partnered with Energy’s Brooklyn Weaver (Out of the Furnace), producer Mike Tadross Jr. (Category 5), and Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee.
In the Russian Mafia, a “Vor” is a made man; an honor only given when the recruit shows loyalty beyond measure, with members of the Vor-world accepting the code of the “Thief within the Law”. Criminologists and top military officials have cited Vor as one of the most lethal, best structured criminal organizations in history, still in operation to this day. It is within this world that Rose’s thrilling story takes place.
This type of subject matter, which has been described as being in the vein of The Godfather meets Eastern Promises, plays specifically to Netflix’s new territories which are craving content specific to their region. In addition to this is the apparent semi-autobiographical nature we hear the author has infused, growing up in Russia with her family’s proximity to this infamous international cartel with ties in virtually every major city.
What could mark Netflix’s first film rights deal on unpublished material was brokered by Gersh books partner Joe Veltre and Energy Entertainment’s Weaver, and sets up another potential publishing frenzy – much like Alexandra Monir’s Final Six, which sold to Sony in a preemptive film rights deal that triggered a publishing bidding war won by HarperCollins.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor