Grab Bag: Fox picks up THE FIVE HUNDRED; Sony looking to nab PETER PAN starring Channing Tatum

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
March 7th, 2011

Channing Tatum

Following a week that saw the novel get picked up by publisher Little Brown, Matthew Quirk has now seen the film rights to his first novel, The Five Hundred, picked up as well.

According to Deadline, 20th Century Fox has acquired the rights to the novel.

The novel follows “Mike Ford, a young man from the wrong side of the tracks who works his way through Harvard Law and is recruited by the most powerful PR/consulting firm in DC. He becomes the protege of of the firm’s founder, who has his hooks into the 500 most powerful people in politics. The protege soon feels that he’s sold his soul to his ruthless mentor.” Think WALL STREET, but for politicians.

In other studio news, Sony, who will see star Channing Tatum lead the upcoming film, 21 JUMP STREET, are looking to buy the rights to a recently announced pitch from the actor and writer Billy Ray, revolving around a darker take on the story of Peter Pan. The pitch was revealed week or so ago, and will see Tatum star, and Ray penning the script.

Personally, while I’m not too fired up for a “darker” take on Peter Pan, I am definitely looking forward to the idea of a political take on WALL STREET. The premise of the film sounds really interesting, so count me in for THE FIVE HUNDRED. Oh, and Billy Ray definitely helps boost the credibility of PETER PAN.

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