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Post by PigPen on Mon 23 Jan 2017, 14:52

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[size=32]Aaron Sorkin and George Clooney vying for rights to the story of retired CIA Director David Petraeus' downfall from Jill Kelley's memoir[/size]

  • George Clooney and Aaron Sorkin are both fighting over the rights to the book detailing David Petraeus' downfall 
  • Petraeus resigned from his position as director of the CIA in 2012 just as details began to emerge about his affair with biographer Paula Broadwell
  • Jill Kelley, who was close to Petraeus, shared her emails with Petraeus from that time in 'Collateral Damage: Petraeus, Power, Politics and the Abuse of Privacy'
  • 'There is a lot of interest in the television series about my memoir, but I can’t discuss anything, as we don’t have the greenlight yet,' said Kelley
  • Kelley was at the inauguration last week, and posted a photo of herself with billionaire Republican donor Sheldon Adelson
  • Petraeus had been under consideration for the position of Secretary of State, but Trump went with ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson in the end 



The story of former CIA director David Petraeus' downfall is set to be adapted for television, and a bidding war has broken out over the rights to the tale.
George Clooney and Aaron Sorkin are both hoping to close the deal on Jill Kelley's book 'Collateral Damage: Petraeus, Power, Politics and the Abuse of Privacy' reports Page Six, which details Kelley's affair his biographer, Paula Broadwell.
The revelation that Petraeus was having an affair led to his resignation from the CIA, and Kelley's book includes details of the many texts and emails she and her husband Scott exchanged with Petraeus and his wife Holly around that time. 
'There are many explosive details about the Petraeus scandal that were never made public, but can be made public in the TV dramatization,' revealed one source.
Kelley meanwhile would not comment other than to say: 'There is a lot of interest in the television series about my memoir, but I can’t discuss anything, as we don’t have the greenlight yet. I will be in LA meeting with my producers in February.'
Petraeus confided in an email that he had committed 'something terrible and dishonorable' by having an affair with his married biographer Paula Broadwell and explained that by resigning from the CIA he could not be blackmailed, Kelly wrote in her self-published book. 
The book also includes correspondence between Kelley and Marine Gen. John R. Allen, then-commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan and other senior U.S. government officials.
The sexually charged emails about Kelley that FBI investigators traced to Broadwell are also in the book.





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Re: David Petraeus Story

Post by Donnamarie on Mon 23 Jan 2017, 20:53

Nice find PigPen!  Sounds like a good piece of storytelling.  George seems to have a number of possible projects on his shelf right now ... if you look at his IMBD page.  Would really like him to get going on Hack Attack.
I know that he was developing the screenplay (can't remember who was working on it) but haven't heard anything in about 2 years.

Wasn't he in a bidding war last year for the rights to some story.  I can't remember what it was but he lost out.
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Post by Sevens on Tue 24 Jan 2017, 02:21

I think Hack Attack couldn't get greenlight that's why George switched to Suburbicon.
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