Universal Pictures Gets Its Man

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Universal Pictures has acquired screen rights to I Am a Man, a book Hampton Sides is writing about the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis and the manhunt for killer James Earl Ray.

“Black Hawk Down” author Mark Bowden will write the script, and Stuber/Parent’s Scott Stuber and Mary Parent will produce with Marc Platt.

Sides set the book up at Doubleday, based on an 11-page proposal that lays out a blueprint for what the author calls “a compressed historical thriller.

Sides is the bestselling author of “Ghost Soldiers” and “Blood and Thunder: The Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West,” the latter of which is being developed by DreamWorks.