Paramount Pictures has picked up the life rights of 51-year-old Missouri journalist Linda Trest. Anthony Walton and Andrew Dresher wil pen a script inspired by her story says The Hollywood Reporter.
Trest was a reporter for the Gasconade County Republican in the town of Gerald, she began hearing stories about a federal agent nicknamed “Sergeant Bill” who was rousting people from their homes.
Since Gerald had been ravaged by methamphetamine abuse, local law enforcement was happy to assist the fed’s efforts to clean up the town with arrests, home searches and investigations.
The only hitch: Bill A. Jakob turned out to be just an unemployed cop and former trucking company owner from a different town with no actual law enforcement credentials. Trest eventually exposed Jakob’s bizarre con.
Brad Pitt and David Benioff are producing.