UNIVERSAL TO PRODUCE THE TRIALS OF WHITE BOY RICK
Just heard the news that Hollywood is working on a bio pic of Rick Wershe's life. Hopefully this publicity will aid in getting his sentence reduced and he is set free... Read More WHY HAS RICK WERSHE NOT BEEN PAROLED?
Universal has optioned Evan Hughes' article investigating a legendary teen drug dealer, who was also working as an FBI informant
Universal has optioned true-crime story The Trials of White Boy Rick with Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski attached to direct.
Journalist Evan Hughes wrote the article, which centers on Rick Wershe, a teen living in Detroit in the 1980s. He joined the ranks of the drug kingpins on the predominantly black East Side to become a prolific cocaine trafficker, going by the name "White Boy Rick."
Hughes' story uncovers the true identity of Wershe, who worked as an undercover informant for the FBI and DEA while simultaneously rising to become one of the biggest drug dealers in the city.
The story was first published by The Atavist, a publisher of original digital nonfiction, on Sept. 29. The site was founded by Evan Ratliff and Jefferson Rabb.
Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark will produce under their Universal-based Bluegrass Films banner.