International performance artist and circus ringmaster Jim Rose has signed a six-figure deal with White Peach Prods. to bring his best-selling autobiography “Freak Like Me: Inside the Jim Rose Circus” to the bigscreen.
Published by Dell Trade Paperbacks in 1995, book chronicles Rose’s life from his troubled beginnings in Arizona to his rise as a circus ringmaster in Europe.
White Peach’s Neil White and Pat Peach have worked with Rose since the book’s publication and decided not to renew their expired option, but instead to purchase the rights. The screenplay, co-scripted by Pat Peach and Dennis Rockney, is based on the book, but focuses more on the personal life of Rose and less on the participants of his shows.
Rose will likely serve as an exec consultant/adviser on the film.
White Peach is seeking financing and distribution for the pic.
Rose is touring the U.S. with his latest revue, “Secrets of the Strange,” which he describes as more of a one-man show with a arty performance feel that focuses on the psychological rather than the visual.
The artist was repped on the film deal by Scott Noe of Noe-Man Management.