HBO is in the process of developing a film that will chronicle famed writer Norman Mailer’s relationship with imprisoned murderer Jack Abbott, who assisted Mailer in writing his 1980 Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Executioner’s Song.
Abbott helped Mailer paint a better picture of what life in prison was actually like, and the film will reportedly begin with Mailer helping Abbott gain parole and write his own book, In the Belly of the Beast. Partially due to Mailer’s assistance, Abbott was set free, but then committed murder again shortly after being released. Mailer’s career and reputation suffered for his involvement and he later said that the incident was “another episode in my life in which I can find nothing to cheer about or nothing to take pride in.”
The film will be produced by Tina Brown and written by Stephen Schiff (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps). Mailer’s sons, Michael and John Mailer, will also both be involved in producing roles.