ABC sets ‘Ridge’ trial pic

ABC confirmed Monday that, along with partner Robert Greenwald Prods., it has acquired the rights to the critically acclaimed book “Our Guys: The Glen Ridge Rape and the Secret Life of the Perfect Suburb.” Several parties bid on the rights to the Bernard Lefkowitz work.

Robert Greenwald is set to produce and direct a TV movie, which could begin lensing as early as February, sources said.

ABC and Greenwald reportedly will pay Lefkowitz $70,000 (including a $20,000 consulting fee). If a TV movie is made, Lefkowitz’s take will climb above $200,000.

The “Glen Ridge” book, which led Sunday’s New York Times Book Review, is the true story of the events leading up to the trial, conviction and eventual sentencing of three upper-middle-class young men for the sexual assault of a mentally retarded 17-year-old girl.

The three Glen Ridge, N.J., men, who were teenagers when they committed the crimes in 1989, were convicted in 1993 and sentenced this past June.

“What attracted me to (the book) was, it was a story of how a community shapes the attitudes of those who live there,” Greenwald said.

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