HarperCollins has acquired publishing rights to Elaine Shannon’s book about transnational organized crime figure Paul Le Roux. At the same time filmmaker Michael Mann has closed a deal for film and television rights to it.
Le Roux was the head of an array of ruthless transnational criminal enterprises. Linked to Iran, North Korea and terrorist groups, he has been described as one of the most dangerous global criminals of the 21st century.
Shannon is an investigative reporter for the likes of Time and Newsweek, and her 1988 book “Desperados” became Mann’s NBC miniseries “Drug Wars: The Camarena Story”. She has spent four years gathering the story for the book about Le Roux’s modernisation of his organisation and the manhunt that ultimately brought him down.