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‘Breaking Bad’ Writer Tapped For Narcotics Drama ’90 Church’

Sanders attached to direct Universal project

It seems “Breaking Bad’s” George Mastras can’t leave the drug business behind him.

Universal has tapped the writer/co-executive producer of the AMC program about a teacher-turned-meth dealer to adapt “90 Church: The True Story Of The Narcotics Squad From Hell.”

The studio set up the “90 Church” project a year ago when it optioned Dean Unkefer’s autobiographical tale with Rupert Sanders (“Snow White and the Huntsman”) attached to direct via producers Joe Roth and Palak Patel for Roth Films and Deborah Giarratana for GG Filmz Inc.

Unkefer, a former narcotics agent, has set his book during the 1950s and 1960s. It takes its name from offices of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics at 90 Church Street in New York City and the use of undercover tactics to make cases against organized crime.  The book centers on a young agent’s downward slide into addiction amid shifting loyalties. The book was published in May by Random House in the U.S. and Virgin Books in Europe.

Universal’s Maradith Frenkel and Chloe Yellin will oversee the project for the studio.

Mastras has written for AMC’s “Breaking Bad” since 2007 and has also directed episodes during its five-season run. He is represented by CAA and Dan Halsted.

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