Miramax Films has acquired film rights to Bernard Kerik’s autobiography “The Lost Son: A Life in Pursuit of Justice” and will develop a feature based on the former New York City police commissioner’s eventful years in law enforcement.
Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein announced the acquisition of Kerik’s bestselling book, which was published by HarperCollins/Regan Books in 2001.
Tome traces Kerik’s life, starting with his deprived childhood in the row houses of Paterson, N.J., abandoned by his mother, and his years in the military before entering the police force. As a narcotics detective, Kerik went undercover to buy drugs in Harlem and seized millions of dollars of cocaine from Colombian drug lords. He was awarded the NYPD’s Medal of Valor for saving the life of a fellow officer.
Key role after 9/11
As New York police chief under then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Kerik was on the scene soon after the Twin Towers attack in 2001 and was instrumental in the months that followed in coordinating rescue efforts and contributing to help rebuild the devastated area.
“Bernie Kerik embodies the resolve of all New Yorkers,” Weinstein said. “His grit, determination and never-say-die attitude is an inspiration and proves once again that leadership is an action, not just a word.”
“Harvey Weinstein and Miramax are known for producing wonderful, Oscar-winning films, and I look forward to working with them closely on this project,” Kerik said.
Senior VP of production Rick Schwartz and director of production and development Eric Robinson will oversee the untitled project for Miramax Films, reporting to co-prexy of production Meryl Poster. No writer or director has been attached.
Miramax executive VP of business affairs Steve Hutensky and special counsel Robert Seidenberg negotiated the agreement on behalf of the studio.