The work gained traction after it was featured on Oprah Winfrey’s book club, but it became infamous after the Smoking Gun outed that the memoir about Frey’s drug addiction was all fabricated by the author, who would later admit that it was all fake on Winfrey’s talk show.
While Warner Bros. ended up shelving the project, both Aaron and Sam Taylor-Johnson still saw the appeal of the story of a man’s road to recovery. CAA has been negotiating the release of the rights from Warners, and the package is expected to be launched at the upcoming American Film Market, with Sierra/Affinity poised to handle international sales.
Aaron and Sam Taylor-Johnson had previously worked together on “Nowhere Boy,” which chronicled the early days of John Lennon.
Sam Taylor-Johnson is best known for directing “Fifty Shades of Grey” and most recently helmed episodes of the short-lived Netflix series “Gypsy.” She is repped by CAA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, and attorney David Weber.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson is now shooting “Outlaw King” opposite Chris Pine. He is repped by UTA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, and Sloane Offer.