Sony Pictures has optioned film rights to counterterrorism expert Richard Clarke’s controversial best seller “Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror.”
“Enemies” — which was published last month by the Free Press, a subsidiary of Simon & Schuster — has been at the center of the current national debate about America’s readiness to respond to terrorist threats before Sept. 11. Clarke, who worked in the administrations of both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, appeared before the 9/11 Commission the week the book was published. During that hearing, he testified that the Bush White House didn’t consider terrorism “an urgent issue” in the months before the al-Qaida attacks on New York and Washington.
His political memoir, currently in second place on Amazon.com’s sales ranking, offers Clarke’s assessment of the anti-terrorist efforts of the past four White Houses, all of which he worked in.
The project will be produced at Sony by John Calley, the veteran entertainment executive who stepped down as the studio’s chairman and CEO in the fall.