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-- MOVIE HISTORY--
|1974 -- "The Front
Runner" published in hardcover.
1975 -- TFR
published in paperback.
1975 -- Paul Newman takes a
1-year option on TFR film rights for an independent
film. He has a script written by Jeremy Larner.
1976 -- Newman doesn't pick up his option, and TFR is
then optioned for 1 year by Frank Perry
(Director "Mommie Dearest" with Faye Dunaway).
-- Frank Perry exercises his option, and moves into
pre-production with TFR. Several years pass, and Perry
is unable to get the production financed.
-- Perry gives up, and sells his interest in TFR film
rights to Howard Rosenman
(Executive Producer "Sparkle" with Whitney
Houston/Jordan Sparks, "Father of the Bride" with Steve
Martin, The Main Event" with Barbra Streisand) and
1981 -- Rosenman and Missel sell the rights to independent producer Jerry
1981 --1990 -- Wheeler gets his TFR
production partially financed by private investors,
but dies in 1990.
1990 -- Wheeler's ownership of
TFR film rights are inherited by his life partner and
business partner Steve Badeau, who was then working
Columbia and later at MTM.
1992 -- Badeau initiates
a new round of TFR development, working with indie
producer Mitchell Blum, formerly of Atlantic Distribution.
1994-1997 -- Warren initiates actions to recover
the film rights and is involved in a three year period of litigation
between Badeau/Blum and herself.
1997 -- Badeau and Blum settle out of court with Warren.
She is granted a five- year option. In order for her to
regain the film rights, she is required to reimburse
Blum and Badeau for their development costs to date.
2002 -- In December, Warren pays the necessary funds and
regains the TFR film rights. Warren then licensed The
Front Runner film rights to an LLC jointly owned with her
then business partner Tyler St. Mark. They set out to
produce the project as an independent film production.
2012 -- In September, Warren and Tyler St. Mark
dissolve their partnership. Ownership
and control of The Front Runner film rights are transferred back solely to Warren by the
2019 - February 9th, Patricia Warren looses
her battle with cancer. Literary rights (print, film and
television) of all her books are now handled by her estate
and are available for option, sale and production.
Interested parties should contact the executor of her
estate Gregory Zanfardino