Brillstein-Grey lifts off with space ‘Men’

47-page nonfiction book proposal optioned

Brillstein-Grey Entertainment has optioned the film rights to “Unreasonable Men,” a 47-page nonfiction book proposal by Elizabeth Weil about a motley band of commercial space flight pioneers.

As part of six figure option, BG made a deal for the main character, Gary Hudson’s life rights. Weil and Hudson also will serve as consultants on the project. Brillstein Grey’s Michael Siegel acquired the project for the management-production company.

An adventure story based on a real-life group of five scientists striving to go where only government organizations have gone before, and make commercial space travel possible before the year 2000. The proposal promises a story blending “The Soul of the New Machine” with “The Right Stuff” as Weil follows Hudson and his contrarian gang of rocket experts from 1997 to 1999 — when they anticipate test flights of their reusable launch vehicles will begin.

The same 47-page “Unreasonable Men” proposal also also recently acquired for publication by Riverhead Books.

ICM’s Maryann Kelly brokered the deal on Weil and Hudson’s behalf.

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