Since Toronto mayor Rob Ford’s alleged ties to a West End gang first came to light, people have commented on the surreal, cinematic character of the news story, with comparisons to David Simon’s HBO series The Wire abounding. So it comes as little surprise that film and television rights have been sold for Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story by Robyn Doolittle, the Toronto Star reporter largely responsible for bringing the mayor’s nefarious private life to public attention.
Blue Ice Pictures producers Daniel Iron (Watermark, Cairo Time, The Bang Bang Club, Away From Her) and Lance Samuels (The Book of Negroes, Inescapable, The Bang Bang Club) have acquired rights to adapt the book for the screen. The independent production company is based in Toronto, with offices in Los Angeles, London, and Johannesburg.
In a press release, Iron says, “This is a story about the city in which I have lived my entire life and has great political, cultural and civic meaning to me. Robyn Doolittle’s book is a testament to dogged, fearless and exemplary journalism. We are excited to be working with Ms. Doolittle to bring this story to the screen.”
Doolittle is represented by Martha Magor Webb of Anne McDermid & Associates and Great North Artists Management.
Read Q&Q‘s review of Crazy Town here.