Tri-Star Pictures has purchased the screen rights to Robert Ferrigno's first novel, "The Horse Latitudes," for an undisclosed sum.
The former newspaper feature writer's mystery novel, which is set in Long Beach and Orange County, will be producer Michael Shamberg's first project for Tri-Star. According to a story on Shamberg in Daily Variety this week, the producer of "A Fish Called Wanda" became interested in Ferrigno's book after reading an early rave review.
In a phone interview from his home in Long Beach, Ferrigno said he was asked not to say how much Tri-Star paid for the screen rights to his book.
But he did say he is " extremely pleased" with the deal. And, he said, he's impressed that Shamberg will be producing: "He's got a great reputation, and I loved 'A Fish Called Wanda.' "