Co. to release adaptation of Drosnin books in 2012
Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media has snapped up film rights to Michael Drosnin’s bestselling “Bible Code” tomes.Deal includes rights to “The Bible Code,” “Bible Code II: The Countdown” and “Bible Code III: Saving the World,” the latest title. Relativity, which now has its own distrib arm, will develop the titles into a tentpole pic to be released in 2012. Drosnin’s books are based on a 3,000-year-old code in the Bible found by an Israeli scientist and confirmed by a senior code breaker at the U.S. National Security Agency. It reveals momentous historical events and purportedly predicts the future. The code is said to have predicted world events such as the election of President Obama, the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Third title, published last month by Worldmedia, warns of the real Armageddon but also spells out how it can be prevented. Drosnin, a former reporter for the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, asserts the code is real and an accurate predictor of events. His nonfiction tomes, read by some as novels, are a global phenom. Kavanaugh was instrumental in securing the pic rights. Drosnin said Kavanaugh “understands it’s a great adventure, with the ultimate cosmic twist.” Kavanaugh added: “As a science junkie, realizing that the statistical probability that the code could be accurate is nearly impossible makes this an incredible story that must be told.” Upcoming Relativity titles include “Skyline,” which goes out through Universal Nov. 12. Relativity markets and oversees the release. Par opens Relativity’s “The Fighter” Dec. 10. Relativity retains TV rights to both pics.