Robert DeFranco’s Dragon River has optioned the rights to George Jehn’s memoir, “Final Destination: Disaster — What Really Happened to Eastern Airlines.”
Infamously known as the airline that mysteriously lost Flight 980, Jehn’s memoir chronicles the controversial sale of Eastern Air Lines, at one time the second largest airline in the free world, to Frank Lorenzo’s Texas Air Corporation, which led to its certain demise. It is written from the perspective of an 18-year veteran Eastern pilot’s perspective, as the author was intimately involved in many aspects of the tumultuous events that culminated in the sale.
This marks the first major acquisition for DeFranco’s Dragon River. DeFranco formerly ran A7SLE Films, where he was responsible for numerous projects including, “The Devil’s Rooming House,” now in production, and “The Last Word,” which premiered at SXSW.
The transaction was handled by Francesca Minerva of Changing Lives Press.