CAA draws up deal with Felt Family, O'Connor
Deep Throat has landed at CAA.
Looking to a TV or film deal, the agency Monday officially began repping the W. Mark Felt family and John O’Connor, the San Francisco lawyer who authored the Vanity Fair piece revealing Felt’s identity.
Agency will work with independent literary agent David Kuhn, who is busy shopping a book project for the Felt family and O’Connor.
Kuhn, who squired O’Connor around Gotham last week after the Felt news broke, continues to meet with various publishers in New York. Ultimate book deal is likely to be in the six-figure range.
Journo Bob Woodward, who, with Washington Post colleague Carl Bernstein, relied on Deep Throat as a source in exposing the Nixon White House in the early 1970s, is rushing his own Felt book into print this summer, having gotten scooped on Felt’s unmasking.
Simon & Schuster will release Woodward’s “The Secret Man” next month.
Book project envisioned by the Felt family would likely chart Felt’s life as a top FBIer. He even authored an autobiography in the late 1970s that’s out of print.
Hollywood circles have been abuzz over the Deep Throat revelation, debating how well Felt’s story might translate on the bigscreen. Some believe it may make a better TV project than film, but everyone is reserving final judgment until they see a rough outline of the Felt/O’Connor book.
Whether Woodward will try to score his own movie or TV deal for “Secret Man” remains to be seen.
Warner Bros. snapped up rights to “All the President’s Men,” authored by Woodward and Bernstein, and released the film adaptation in 1976. Because WB holds the movie life rights, anyone else taking on a Felt project could find themselves navigating tricky waters if they delve too far into Watergate and Deep Throat.