Studio wins battle for Frey's drug abuse book
Warner Bros. has won a bidding battle for rights to “A Million Little Pieces,” James Frey’s just-published memoir about his battle to beat drugs and alcohol.Plan B partners Brad Grey, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston will produce the project with John Wells. Plan B and Wells’ shingle are both based on the WB lot. The sale went for mid-six figures against seven figures, with Frey enlisted to adapt his book. The memoir opens as Frey finds himself aboard a Chicago-bound plane, missing four teeth and with a hole in his face, unable to remember how he got that way. Strung out on booze and crack at age 23, and wanted by authorities in three states, he ends up in a drug treatment facility in Minnesota. Book depicts in stark detail his attempt to get clean, battling his counselors every step of the way. “It’s a very honest portrayal of the destruction and reconstruction of a life,” Grey said. “It’s not downbeat or depressing, though, because his resilience shows that human beings are capable of lifting themselves out of just about anything.” Auction, which was brokered by UTA and Brillstein/Grey, had several other bids, including one from DreamWorks and the Firm, which saw the book as a possible Leonardo DiCaprio vehicle. WB exec VP Kevin McCormick will supervise the project. “Pieces” was released by Doubleday last month.