Banner gets 1st look at Vanity Fair writer's work

The Halcyon Co., producer of the upcoming “Terminator Salvation,” has signed biographer and longtime Vanity Fair writer Bob Colacello to an exclusive pact, giving Halcyon a first-look and option to produce all of Colacello’s work into film.

Halcyon, which is headed by Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek, is looking to mine the prolific writer’s past and future work for potential TV and bigscreen projects. The former editor-in-chief of Interview magazine has written nearly 100 profiles on such diverse personalities as Naomi Campbell, Rudolf Nureyev, socialite Nan Kempner, artist Balthus and designer Jil Sander. In 1999 his profile on Doris Duke was made into a CBS miniseries starring Lauren Bacall.

Colacello also penned the bestselling biography “Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up” based on his 12 years working with Warhol at Interview. He also wrote the biography “Ronnie and Nancy: Their Path to the White House” and is currently at work on the second volume, covering the Reagan presidency. It’s due out in 2011 from Grand Central Books.

“To us Bob not only has the talent of telling a great tale with just the right pitch and tone but he also has access to some of the great personalities of the world,” Anderson said. “He has earned that access by being evenhanded with the subjects he has covered, by getting the story written with accuracy and truth and by humanizing the people he writes about.”

Halcyon, which acquired the rights to the “Terminator” franchise in 2007, has first-look rights to the works of sci-fi and cyberpunk writer Philip K. Dick. Last week, Dick’s widow sued the production arm of Dick’s estate and several other entities including Halcyon, alleging her rights to proceeds from “Ubik” and “A Scanner Darkly” were violated.

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