Abramovitch to adapt Diehl's spy novel

Breaking Ball Films’ Scott Abramovitch and Lonny Dubrofsky have acquired feature rights to William F. Diehl’s pre-WWII spy novel “27,” with Abramovitch adapting.

Story, originally called “The Hunt,” centers on a wealthy American ex-bootlegger who attempts to thwart a Nazi agent who plans to kidnap a group of VIPs and hold them hostage in exchange for President Roosevelt’s promise that the U.S. will stay out of the war.

Diehl, who died in 2006, was best known for thrillers “Sharky’s Machine” and “Primal Fear,” both made into features.

The rights deal is the first made by Atchity Entertainment Intl. for Diehl’s estate, controlled by his widow Virginia Gunn Diehl.

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