Motion Picture Corporation of America, spearheaded by CEO Brad Krevoy, has picked up rights to Prisoner of Denver, one of Hunter S. Thompson's last works, from a June 2004 Vanity Fair article co-written by Thompson and the magazine's contributing editor Mark Seal.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Prisoner of Denver focused on the injustice and abuse of Colorado's legal system that saw 21-year-old Lisl Auman charged with murder when the crime occurred while she was in the back of a patrol car, already in police custody. She was handed a life sentence with no possibility of parole.
While behind bars, she began a correspondence with Thompson. His unrelenting grass-roots activism -- which included enlisting celebrity pals including Johnny Depp, Jack Nicholson, Benicio Del Toro and Woody Harrelson -- and the Vanity Fair piece helped overturn Auman's sentence in 2005.
Thompson committed suicide before the case was overturned.
Producers are looking for writers to adapt the material, with a focus on Thompson and Seal acting as a couple of gonzo Woodward and Bernsteins.
No production date has been set.