CBS has bought broadcast rights to “Without a Doubt,” former prosecutor Marcia Clark’s book on the O.J. Simpson murder trial, which will air as a two-hour movie on the Eye web.
The book was written with journalist Teresa Carpenter, and details the former L.A. County prosecutor’s account of Simpson’s criminal trial.
“Without a Doubt” is the second book from a participant in the double-murder case to be tapped for an entertainment project, and both are told from the prosecution’s point of view. Paramount and producer Steve Tisch are developing a feature based on co-prosecutor Christopher Darden’s book, “In Contempt.”
Clark’s attempt earlier this year to host a syndicated TV show called “LadyLaw” never got off the ground, but her book made a brief splash after it was published in May, even reaching the top spot on Publishers Weekly nonfiction list for the week of May 26. Clark was paid $4.2 million to write the book.
Producer Randy Robinson will executive produce the telefilm for CBS through his Randwell Prods. His credits include TNT’s “Amelia Earhart: The Final Flight,” ABC’s “Two Mothers for Zachary” and CBS’ upcoming “The Almost Perfect Bank Robbery.”
The project is not expected to simply rehash the murder trial, but will offer Clark’s perspective about the justice system, and the part that race and celebrity played in the case.
The deal was brokered by Norman Brokaw, chairman of the board of the William Morris Agency, and Deborah Blackwell and Amy Schiffman at WMA.