Rick and Julie Yorn’s LBI Entertainment have brought “The Birthday Party” back to life, optioning feature rights to Stanley Alpert’s non-fiction tome through their LBI Entertainment banner.
Julie Yorn (“We Bought a Zoo”) told Variety that the banner has started seeking a filmmaker to attach to “Party,” Alpert’s account of his 1998 kidnapping while he was a federal prosecutor in New York City.
The project was originally set up in 2007 at United Artists after Putnam had published the book, which describes Alpert’s abduction on the night before his 38th birthday. Alpert was forced at gunpoint into a car near his Greenwich Village apartment, blindfolded and forced to give access to his ATM and driven to a Brooklyn apartment where criminals solicited legal advice and offered him marijuana and sexual favors from their prostitute girlfriends in honor of Alpert’s birthday before letting him go 25 hours later.
“Party” was one of the first properties optioned by UA after it was revived as a joint venture between MGM and Cruise-Wagner, the Tom Cruise-Paula Wagner production banner. UA has been dormant since 2010, when it co-produced “Hot Tub Time Machine.”
The new deal for “The Birtthday Party” was negotiated between ICM Partners and Ronald Goldfarb at Goldfarb & Associates.