Roland Emmerich is at the center of a pyramid scheme. Emmerich and Devlin’s Sony-based Centropolis Entertainment has made a low-six-figure purchase of the rights to “The Murder of Tutankhamen” (Berkley Publishing) as a vehicle for Emmerich to direct.
“Since ‘Star Gate,’ we’ve always been interested in doing a movie set in ancient Egypt,” said Emmerich in a prepared statement, “and finally we’ve found the right story to takes us there.”
Penned by Bob Brier, the tome investigates the religious upheaval and political intrigue in ancient Egypt that may have resulted in the murder of the teenage king. Brier is an Egyptologist who currently serves as professor of philosophy at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island U. in New York.
The “Murder” deal was negotiated on behalf of Centropolis Entertainment by senior VP Peter Winther.
Brier was represented by CAA in conjunction with Gotham-based lit agent Liza Dawson.