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NEW ‘BLOOD’ TO REVIVE CAPOTE CLASSIC

Truman Capote’s classic “In Cold Blood” was not in cold storage for long after the rights for the book reverted back to the Truman Capote Literary Trust. The rights had been held by Columbia – which produced the 1967 film about a cold-blooded killing starring Robert Blake – but last week they were returned to the estate.

Days later, after fevered bidding, a deal has been made for more than $550,000 with Robert Halmi’s RHI, Hallmark Entertainment and CBS to turn the book into an original telepic. The deal was made by Renaissance Literary/Talent Agency partners Joel Goder and Irv Schwartz. It’s the agency’s second significant sale involving Halmi; the agency sold Robert Ludlum’s “Apocalypse Watch” to RHI and ABC for $250,000 against $1 million.

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