THE ZERO By Jess Walter – From Book To Movie
Start-up financier-producer LLeju Productions has picked up the rights to Jess Walter’ cult novel The Zero, LLeju principal Bill Perkins told the LA Times in Cannes. The project had previously been under development at Warner Brothers, but LLeju is planning on moving ahead in a new direction with a fresh script by Brandon Boyce and Derrick Borte set to direct.
The Zero tells the story of a policeman named Brian Remy in the confusing days after the 9/11 attack. The novel was nominated for a National Book Award in fiction when it was first published in 2006, but fans and critics alike agree it isn’t what could be described as a commercial property. None of this worries Perkins who told the LA Times that he wasn’t looking to make big bucks from the film, just to break even. Perkins already made a fortune in the world of high finance and energy trading. Now his ambition is to make a truly first-rate film.