Acquires feature rights to Christopher Reich's thriller

Memo Films is looking for “The First Billion,” acquiring feature rights to Christopher Reich’s thriller.

Memo partners Francesco Melzi d’Eril and Gabriele Moratti will produce along with Randy Meradith Schienberg, who brought the novel to Memo.

“The First Billion,” published in 2002, follows the character of John “Jett” Gavallan, a former fighter pilot, now the high-flying CEO of Black Jet Securities in an international race against time where the global balance of power depends on one man’s gamble.

D’Eril was a producer on “I Am Love,” starring Tilda Swinton, and an executive producer on “Hotel Rwanda.” He formed Memo Films with Moratti, an entrepreneur/investor, with the aim of producing a slate of English language films intended to appeal to worldwide audiences.

Reich has written eight novels and is represented by UTA and Richard Pine at InkWell Management. The deal was brokered by UTA on behalf of Richard Pine at InkWell Management and Stephen Saltzman of Loeb and Loeb on behalf of Memo.

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