Hostages Captivate Hollywood

Abductees, rescuers become hot properties for book, movie deals
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2008 6:42 PM CDT
Rescued American hostages Thomas R. Howes, left, and Marc D. Gonsalves appear at a "Yellow Ribbon Ceremony" where they spoke briefly to the press, July 7, 2008, at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.   (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
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(Newser) – Film projects revolving around last week’s rescue of 15 FARC prisoners are already taking shape, Variety reports. Rumors abound about rights deals and production agreements. Although not everyone is convinced that the bloodless rescue is dramatic enough material for a box office blockbuster, "it's as memorable as Entebbe, the Hindenburg disaster, or other huge events that stay with us," one producer says.

Ingrid Betancourt is expected to sign with a French agent to negotiate what will likely be a lucrative major book and movie deal. The American contractors freed with her, the commandos who pulled off the daring rescue, Betancourt's husband, and even the Colombian government are also in line for deals.