Plot deals with attempted coup in Equatorial Guinea

Miramax Films has acquired screen rights to Adam Roberts’ nonfiction book “The Wonga Coup,” with Jason Blum of Blumhouse to produce the feature adaptation along with Beth O’Neil.

Book is about the attempt by British mercenaries to depose an African dictator so they could tap into the country’s oil resources. The coup was plotted for Equatorial Guinea, a tiny African nation with an outsized supply of oil.

Blum, an exec at Miramax from 1995-2000, had a relationship with Miramax production prexy Kari Putnam at HBO, where he produced “Hysterical Blindness” and “The Fever.” He brought the book to Miramax after getting a pass from Paramount, where he has a first-look deal.

Deal was brokered by Sylvie Rabineau of Rabineau, Wachter, Sanford and Harris.

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