LOS ANGELES, January 17, 2018 – The Mark Gordon Company (MGC) announced today that the company has acquired the feature film rights to the upcoming book All-American Murder: The Rise and Fall of Aaron Hernandez, the Superstar Whose Life Ended on Murderer's Row, written by New York Times' bestselling author James Patterson and Alex Abramovich, with Mike Harvkey. Patterson will executive produce. MGC's Mark Gordon and Matt Jackson will producethe project with Bill Robinson and Leopoldo Gout. All-American Murder will be published by Little, Brown and Company on January 22, 2018.
Rich with in-depth, on-the-ground investigative reporting that gives readers a front row seat to Hernandez's tumultuous downward spiral, All-American Murder reveals the unvarnished truth behind the troubled star, with first-person accounts and untold stories—from his hometown of Bristol, CT to his college days in Gainesville, FL to the Patriots' NFL locker room where he ascended to stardom, to the prison where Hernandez spent his final days. Packed with the shocking details of a true crime masterpiece and the pacing of a suspenseful thriller, All-American Murder answers the questions that everyone is asking about Aaron Hernandez.
"The real, shocking events that led to Aaron Hernandez's harrowing fall from NFL stardom gripped America's attention and imprinted itself on today's cultural zeitgeist," said MGC's Mark Gordon. "James is unmatched in his storytelling and reporting talents, and he chronicles this story with incredible insight and nuance. There is no other person with whom to collaborate to bring this timely film to life."
James Patterson has sold over 365 million books worldwide and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers. Patterson's diverse body of work also includes children's, middle-grade, and young-adult fiction. He is the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on The New York Times adult and children's bestseller lists. Patterson's awards for adult and children's literature include the Edgar Award, the International Thriller of the Year Award, and the Children's Choice Award for Author of the Year. He is represented by CAA.
Abramovich's past credits include working at the New Yorker and Feeder with his writing featured in The New York Times and the London Review of Books. His book, Bullies: A Friendship was featured in Vulture's The Best Books of 2016, KirkusReviews Best Nonfiction Books of 2016 and NPR's Guide to 2016's Great Reads. It was published by Henry Holt and Co. in March 2016.
Josh Phillips and Joanne Lee will oversee for MGC.