Informant Media has picked up screen rights for Hooligans, a novel by the late author William Diehl, whose books include "Sharky's Machine" and Primal Fear, which was adapted into a film.
According to Variety, the sale includes both the novel and a script that Diehl wrote before he died. The novel is the story of a band of rogue cops who reassemble to settle an old score in a Southern coastal town that is changing as it legalizes gambling.
Informant Media's Judy Cairo and Michael A. Simpson will produce with AEI's Ken Atchity and Chi-Li Wong. Simpson, Diehl's longtime screenwriting partner, is refining the script.
Separately, Diehl's Sharky's Machine is set up for remake at Warner Bros., with Phil Joanou attached to direct and Mark Wahlberg exec producing.
No production date has been set.