Published: Sunday September 16, 2012 MYT 12:06:00 PM
Universal Hires Justin Haythe to Adapt FBI Tale '90 Church'
LOS ANGELES: Justin Haythe is coming on board to adapt "90 Church: The True Story of The Narcotics Squad From Hell" for Universal Pictures, a person familiar with the deal told TheWrap on Friday.
Universal acquired the rights to Dean Unkefer's book of the same name last month for Rupert Sanders to direct. The story follows a green recruit whose eyes are opened by working in the corrupt Federal Narcotics Bureau in New York City in the 1960s.
The name of the book/project refers to the address of the federal bureau when it was formed in New York City in the mid-1960s and 30 agents did battle with the mafia and drug cartels. "Church" is due to be published in May 2013 by Random House in the U.S. and by Virgin Books in Europe.
Haythe's other writing credits include the upcoming Western "The Lone Ranger," starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, and "Snitch," which will be released in 2013 with Dwayne Johnson attached to star. Haythe's previous credits include "Revolutionary Road," which was directed by Sam Mendes, and "The Clearing" with Robert Redford.
Joe Roth and Palak Patel are producing with Deborah Giarratana.