After being bid on by at least five studios and production companies, TriStar Pictures has secured the rights to the book BLOOD IN THE WATER by Heather Ann Thompson, which arrived in bookstores just yesterday. The book details the 1971 Attica prison uprising.
The uprising involved 1,300 inmates in the New York prison over the course of four days. Inmates ended up holding people hostage, such as guards and civilian employees, as they demanded and negotiated for better living conditions. Finally, armed state troopers arrived and the whole thing ended with 39 people dead and hundreds injured. In the book, the origins and details of the riot are covered, as well as exposing the government for trying to cover it up.
Shrapnel and Waterhouse have experience with both writing real-life events and adapting books. They wrote the script for this year’s Race, telling the story of Olympic runner Jesse Owens, and adapted the script for the upcoming film The Aftermath starring Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgard, and Jason Clarke. They are also writing the script for the Edge of Tomorrow sequel.
Blood in the Water was repped by CAA during the deal.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor
This news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.