Company options 'Hooligans' novel, script

Informant Media has optioned “Hooligans,” a novel by the late author William Diehl, whose books include “Sharky’s Machine” and “Primal Fear.”

The sale includes both the novel and a script that Diehl wrote before he died. Novel is the story of a band of rogue cops who reassemble to settle an old score in a Southern coastal town that is changing as it legalizes gambling.

Informant Media’s Judy Cairo and Michael A. Simpson will produce with AEI’s Ken Atchity and Chi-Li Wong. Simpson, Diehl’s longtime screenwriting partner, is refining the script. Informant Media most recently completed “Crazy Heart,” which stars Jeff Bridges, Robert Duvall and Maggie Gyllenhaal, with Butcher’s Run Films and MTV Films.

Separately, Diehl’s “Sharky’s Machine” is set up for remake at Warner Bros., with Phil Joanou attached to direct and Mark Wahlberg exec producing.

AEI, which reps the Diehl estate, also recently optioned his 1990 novel “27” to Breaking Ball Films, whose Scott Abramovich is writing the script. AEI is producing a screen version of the Diehl novel “Eureka” with Neil Canton and Danny Davids.

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