Sony Pictures TV is adapting “Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade,” Walter Kirn’s autobiographical book based on his friendship with a German con artist who called himself “Clark Rockefeller,” reports Deadline.com.
Kirn and Sheldon Turner will write the adaptation together, with Turner and Jennifer Klein producing through their Sony TV-based Vendetta Productions. The project comes four years after Turner was nominated for an Oscar for his work adapting Kirn’s novel “Up in the Air,” the story adds.
The piece reports: “‘Blood Will Out’ chronicles the 10-year friendship between Kirn and German con artist Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, who went by the name Clark Rockefeller. Gerhartsreiter came to the U.S. in 1979 as a foreign exchange student. He went on to become a fixture in Boston high society for more than a decade after he claimed to be Clark Rockefeller, an heir to the famous dynasty.”
Gerhartsreiter’s real identity was discovered after he kidnapped his daughter during a custody battle, and he was later sentenced to four to five years in prison in 2009, the story says. Lifetime has already made a movie about the case, which starred Will McCormack as Gerhartsreiter.
Gerhartsreiter is reportedly currently in prison in the U.S. serving a sentence of 27 years to life for murder.
Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter