Robyn Doolittle’s book Crazy Town takes a step closer to becoming a movie or TV show
For months, observers of the Rob Ford crack scandal have been divided on many issues, including the mayor’s record as a politician, the possibility that his personal life has harmed his job performance, and the validity of media coverage surrounding his family’s long history of substance abuse. If there’s one thing most people can agree on, though, it’s that the scandal has all the hallmarks of a riveting film drama. This morning, it took a step closer to being just that.
Blue Ice Pictures has acquired the film and television rights to bestselling book Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story by Robyn Doolittle, the Toronto Star reporter who helped uncover the scandal. Details about the forthcoming adaptation are scant, but we know that the rights are now with Daniel Iron and Lance Samuels, the producers behind various locally conceived dramas, including Away From Her and The Bang Bang Club.
“If you tried to make this story up, people would think it was over the top,” Doolittle says. “The Rob Ford investigation is something I’ve been working on for more than two years. It’s something I’m obviously very invested in. It’s so much more than just a crack video and YouTube clips. I am excited that Danny and Lance share that sense of it, and am really looking forward to working with them.”
While we wait to see how the production proceeds—the ending, after all, might not have even happened yet—we’d like to point the producers in the direction of a few choice casting suggestions.