Mouse also in on option for Sarchie's 'Beware'
Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney are near a deal to option nonfiction paranormal tale “Beware the Night” by active-duty police officer Ralph Sarchie and journo Lisa Collier Cool for the Mouse House-based producer.St. Martin’s Press made a full hardcover/softcover deal Monday for the book, which the writers will turn in by May in time for bookstore rollout in the year 2000. Penned by 15-year New York Police Dept. veteran Sarchie and co-writer Cool, “Night” is a book proposal set in the world of the paranormal, which Sarchie investigates when he’s not out patrolling for the Housing Authority arm of the NYPD. The 75-page proposal, which Sarchie and Cool shopped to publishers last month, includes real-life cases of demon possession, exorcisms and werewolves in the concrete canyonlands of New York, told from Sarchie’s P.O.V. In classic Father Karras tradition, Sarchie even enlisted the help of Catholic Bishop Robert McKenna in some of the cases. The officer, who will keep both his day job and his nocturnal occupation, has kept an extensive video and audio file on all the cases, whose “Exorcist” feel reportedly wowed Gotham publishing types and got the offers rolling. Bruckheimer is expected to pick up “Night” in an 18-month option to purchase deal in the mid-six-figure range. Cool’s reporting garnered her the National Magazine Award last year. Bruckheimer production prexy Chad Oman brought the material to Buena Vista Motion Picture group co-prexy Nina Jacobson, though the option cost will be borne by Bruckheimer’s discretionary fund. Disney’s Doug Carter is negotiating the deal. CAA’s Sally Wilcox and Gotham-based lit agent Jimmy Vines of the Vines Agency rep Sarchie and Cool.