New Line Picks Up As Yet Unwritten Sci-Fi Book The 37th Parallel
New Line has pre-emptively picked up The 37th Parallel, a book proposal by one of Hollywood’s favorite authors, Ben Mezrich, for a feature adaptation to be produced by Beau Flynn and his FlynnPictureCo.
The project is based on the true story of Chuck Zukowski, an extraterrestrial investigator.In a true-life crossing of elements from X-Files and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the story focuses on Zukowski’s incredible findings of alien sightings, cattle mutilations, Native American holy sites and secret government activity located on the 37th degree of latitude. Coupled with that is conspiracy involving a multibillion dollar corporation.
The project’s roots sprouted from Flynn, who found Zukowski. He pitched the idea to Mezrich, who sparked to it, and at the same time acquired Zukowski’s life rights. The life rights have now been transferred to New Line.
Brett Ratner and his RatPac Entertainment, which publish many of Mezrich’s books, will come on to produce in some capacity.
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