The film company that purchased the movie rights to Wake Up Dead has allowed the option period to expire without renewing it or putting the film into production. This means that the movie deal is off.
DeMann Entertainment purchased the movie rights to Wake Up Dead in 2001 with plans for a "big-budget feature film." Freddy DeMann of DeMann Entertainment was Michael Jackson's manager for ten years, and Madonna's manager for eighteen years. He is a mover and shaker in the entertainment industry with experience on projects such as Jackson's world-famous music videos and Madonna's various film exploits, such as "Evita," "Dick Tracy," and "Desperately Seeking Susan." After a lucrative $20,000,000 split and settlement with Madonna's company, Maverick, he was also well positioned financially to bring this project to fruition.
Alas, but as too often happens in this industry, film rights are bought, only to see their screenplays languish on a shelf for any number of reasons. Wake Up Dead has fallen victim to this common occurrence. The good news is that the film rights have now reverted back to the author. The movie rights for Wake Up Dead are now for sale again! (so are the rights to Big Ice). This suspense novel is perfect for the screen. If you know a film company or screenwriter, don't hesitate to recommend that they take a look. Free Review Copies are available to bonafide production companies.