Buying in volumes

Rehme, Pearl team to purchase 'Honor,' 'Joshua'

Producer Robert Rehme (“Patriot Games”) and entertainment attorney-producer Mel Pearl have partnered to buy a pair of books, “Honor for Sale” and “Joshua Son of None,” for development as feature films.

Rehme and Pearl will serve as producers on both projects; Nick Grillo, senior exec VP at Robert Rehme Prods., will co-produce both.

“Honor for Sale,” recently published by Sharon Publishing, is a first-person account by former NYPD narcotics detective Gerald E. Kelly about rogue cops who stole heroin seized through “the French Connection” and became America’s largest narcotics distribution network in the early 1970s. The story had not been publicly revealed until recently.

John Bishop, scripter of “Drop Zone” and “The Package” and un-credited co-writer on “U-571,” will pen the screenplay.

Originally published during the 1970s, “Joshua Son of None,” by Nancy Freedman (co-author of “Mrs. Mike”), is a sci-fi suspense tale about the cloning of John F. Kennedy by a scientist assigned to attend to the dying president. The scientist’s plan to replicate JFK takes an unexpected turn when his ability to manipulate his experiment is tested.

Bishop is in talks to write the screenplay.

Rehme partnered in 1987 with producer Mace Neufeld to form Paramount-based Neufeld/Rehme Prods., which produced “Patriot Games,” “Clear and Present Danger,” “Flight of the Intruder,” “Necessary Roughness,” “Beverly Hills Cop 3” and “Gettysburg.” Rehme formed his own production company in 1997 and is serving his third term as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

Pearl, a Chicago-based senior partner with Katten Muchin & Zavis, has produced or exec produced more than a dozen independent motion pictures and has arranged financing for more than 20 other films.

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