Owning private Lynch-or not

Aug 11, 2003  •  Post A Comment

The on-again, off-again network courtship of Army Pvt. Jessica Lynch received a fresh influx of speculation last week amid reports that NBC was in serious negotiations for her life story for an upcoming telepic. Previously, CBS attempted to entice the young private, who was injured and says she has no recollection of the events surrounding her rescue, with offers of a TV movie and a book deal. Last week The New York Times reported Ms. Lynch had pulled out of negotiations with NBC in favor of her first writing a book. An NBC spokeswoman confirmed that Ms. Lynch is not involved in the project, though “we would love her to be.” NBC is expected to go forward with its unauthorized version, with production slated to start at the end of August. Still unanswered: How much is an amnesiac’s life story worth?