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Jay Roach Directing an Untitled Film About W. Mark Felt AKA 'Deep Throat'

Peter Landesman writing the script for Universal Pictures and Playtone.
According to Variety, Jay Roach is attaching to direct and Peter Landesman has been set to write an untitled film about W. Mark Felt for Universal Pictures and Playtone.

The career FBI man revealed himself last year to be Deep Throat, the secret source who helped Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein crack the Watergate cover-up conspiracy.

Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are producing.

Felt teamed last summer with San Francisco attorney John O'Connor to reveal his secret in Vanity Fair. U and Playtone moved quickly to buy the life rights to Felt and his family, to make a deal with O'Connor and to acquire rights to a memoir Felt wrote in 1979. That book has been re-edited and will be reissued this spring.

Felt was the longtime J. Edgar Hoover aide who was passed over to succeed him in favor of Nixon appointee Patrick Gray. Felt was long a Deep Throat suspect.

Felt's tale is tricky, because the Watergate investigation story was so skillfully covered in "All the President's Man." Landesman said the core comes in the G-man's motivations and the weight of keeping that secret. He doesn't buy the widespread speculation that Felt was seeking revenge for being snubbed by Nixon.


Sources: Variety

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