Magazine article Variety

A Literary Twist for Rockefeller Con Tale

Magazine article Variety

A Literary Twist for Rockefeller Con Tale

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Walter Kirn's novels "Thumbsueker" and "Up in the Air" were adapted for the screen, but his latest work, "Blood Will Out," faces a few Hollywood hurdles, even though the nonfiction piece tells a stranger-than-truth story that seems meant for the movies.

Even better, Kirn plays a co-starring role in the book, which charts how he was drawn into the orbit of the master con man who called himself Clark Rockefeller. But it's been three weeks since publication, and CAA, which took the tome out to studios, still has no takers.

The problem? Its notorious subject: Rockefeller (real name: Christian Gerhartsreiter, a German native), who was convicted last year of a 1985 murder in San Marino, Calif., and posed at various times as a USC film student, a Rockefeller heir and the brother of Cameron Crowe. He was unmasked in 2008, when he kidnapped his own daughter in Boston.

The story is so fascinating, it's already on Hollywood's radar. …

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