TriStar Wins Rights to True Story Prison Riot Book “Blood in the Water”


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After being bid on by at least five studios and companies, has secured the rights to the book by , which arrived in bookstores just yesterday. The book details the 1971 Attica prison uprising.

and are set to write the script adaptation of the book.

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 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 the script for the Edge of Tomorrow sequel.

Shrapnel and Waterhouse are repped by , , and .

Blood in the Water was repped by during the deal.


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This news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.


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