Ganis gains ‘Given’ rights

Dennis' 'Crime,' 'Evidence' into fold

Sid Ganis’ Out of the Blue Entertainment has picked up feature and TV rights to Charles Dennis’ last two novels, “Given the Crime” and “Given the Evidence.”

Both books follow the exploits of Susan Given, a Manhattan assistant district attorney and single mother as she fights crime and the craziness of her estranged husband on a daily basis.

The titles are part of an ongoing series published by Pocket Books.

Ganis will produce the projects through his overall deal at Columbia Pictures.

“Charles has written a totally captivating character who moves between the dark world of the Mafia and her kids’ performances in their school plays,” Ganis said. “Both books are very exciting and loaded with heart and soul.”

Dennis is both novelist and screenwriter. He adapted an earlier novel, “The Next to the Last Train Ride,” which was turned into “Finders Keepers,” for Warner Bros. He also wrote “Double Negative,” which was based on Ross Macdonald’s “The Three Roads” starring Anthony Perkins.

Ganis said the studio spent a “modest” amount on the rights, due to his longstanding friendship with Dennis. Ganis also said that Dennis could possibly adapt the script for the feature, but there’s no deal set.

Mel Berger of the William Morris Agency brokered the deal.

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