February 3, 2016
For Immediate Release
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Independent producers Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan are pleased to announce an option on the film rights to Geri Spieler’s award-winning book, Taking Aim at the President: The Remarkable Story of the Woman Who Shot at Gerald Ford (Macmillan).
Spieler’s book reveals the true story behind Sara Jane Moore, who unsuccessfully attempted to assassinate President Ford in 1975 and remains the only woman in U.S. history to fire a bullet at a sitting president. At the time, the government and the media did not reveal the full facts of this near miss or the remarkable story of Moore’s life as a double agent for the FBI and underground terrorist organizations in San Francisco.
Moore’s Outreach to Spieler
Shortly after Moore’s arrest, Spieler received a letter from Moore asking to arrange a meeting with her at the prison. That visit initiated a relationship between Spieler and Moore that spanned three decades and culminated in this shocking and in-depth portrait of the would-be-assassin’s psyche. Furthermore, Spieler conducted her own independent research, including an interview with President Ford himself, to sort the real facts from Moore’s skewed narrative of her own past.
“Geri Spieler’s book is the definitive source on this fascinating and underreported story. Her access and research add up to a thrilling story that will leap off the screen,” said Allen and Logan.
As executive producers, Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan are currently in pre-production on Chappaquiddick, a script they co-wrote that was listed on the 2015 Black List. Logan’s producing credits include 6 Years, Entertainment, and Hellion.
Spieler was represented by Sharlene Martin of Martin Literary Management and Laurie Megery of Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano of Santa Monica.