It’s like clockwork; write something, anything online about Stanford & Sons comedy club kingpin Craig Glazer and out come the boo-birds – the, uh, anonymous boo-birds. This news ought to really rile ’em.
It comes via today’s Hollywood Reporter.
“Veteran scribe Dan Gordon has been anointed to pen ‘The King of Sting,’ ” the Reporterreports. “The writer behind ‘The Hurricane’ and ‘Wyatt Earp’ has signed to write the screenplay for the drama about the life of con man Craig Glazer.
“Based on Glazer’s eponymous book, the project tells of the author’s 20-year exploits canvassing the country posing as an undercover narcotics agent and pocketing money from stings. Glazer and a partner were so adept at conning victims that the Kansas City Police Department hired them to conduct real stings.”
The man behind Glazer’s quest for a movie deal: Eric Eisner, son of former Walt Disney honcho (and Star owner) Michael Eisner.
“In addition to his screenwriting credits, Gordon penned the current Broadway hit ‘Irena’s Vow,’ the Tovah Feldshuhstarrer about a Polish Catholic nurse who hid Jews during World War II,” the Reporter continues.
“He also has written drafts of the upcoming Universal mobster tale ‘Mafia Cop’ and MGM hit man remake ‘The Mechanic.’ “
Glazer’s take on the screenwriting coup?
“I think that by Eric hiring a writer of Gordon’s stature, it says to Hollywood that he’s serious about making a high caliber movie,” Glazer says. “And to get the quality director and actors he wants, you need to have a great screenplay. Because you can have a great book, but if the screenplay isn’t well-written you have a problem.”