Aurora, Voyager cook ‘Lobster’

Book rights bought for bizarre biopic

NEW YORK — Aurora Prods. and Voyager Films have snared film rights to the book “Lobster Boy: The Bizarre Life and Brutal Death of Grady Stiles Jr.,” by Fred Rosen, for a five-figure option.

Tome, published by Pinnacle Books, depicts the true story of a sideshow performer whose hands and feet resembled lobsters claws, who was murdered by his wife and stepson in 1992. Turi Meyer (“Candyman: Day of the Dead”) is attached to direct. Patrick J. Clifton and Beth Rigazio will develop the story and write the first draft.

Book buy-up

Aurora, which previously developed “The Rock” and sold it to Disney, had been in negotiations with Canada-based Voyager to collaborate on other projects when Clifton and Rigazio brought “Lobster Boy” to the attention of both companies. Aurora and Voyager jointly optioned the book.

Stuart will produce with Al Septien and Voyager’s Nic Meredith, and Warren Wayne will exec produce.

The Artists Agency’s Mickey Frieberg repped Rosen.

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