TriStar pays for ‘Crimes’

In the second big-money deal for one of Joseph Finder’s novels, TriStar Pictures prexy of production Chris Lee has agreed to pay $850,000 for an outright purchase of the screen rights to “High Crimes” for producers Janet Yang and Lisa Henson.

Finder’s drama tells the story of a high-powered female defense attorney and Harvard Law School professor who has chosen to defend her beloved husband in the unfamiliar and hostile environs of a military courtroom. The man stands accused of faking his present identity to hide the mass killings he’s supposedly committed during military operations in Panama. During the proceedings, the attorney also must deal with clues that her husband may not be the man she thought she married.

TriStar senior VP Amy Baer is credited with bringing the novel into the Culver City studio.

Finder’s agents, Richard Green and Howie Sanders of UTA, negotiated the deal on behalf of his literary agent, Molly Friedrich of the Aaron Priest Agency.

“High Crimes” is slated for publication by Morrow in 1998.

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