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Blue Ice Pictures acquires film, television rights to Rob Ford book, 'Crazy Town'

Between the drug use, the violence, and the pure abject weirdness of the story, it was only a matter of time before Rob Ford's story transcended the news to become a legend for the ages. That time is now.

Blue Ice Pictures acquires film, television rights to Rob Ford book, ‘Crazy Town’

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford leaves his home on Friday, May 17, 2013, after published reports said a video appears to show Ford smoking crack cocaine. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford leaves his home on Friday, May 17, 2013, after published reports said a video appears to show Ford smoking crack cocaine. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

Between the drug use, the violence, and the pure abject weirdness of the story, it was only a matter of time before Rob Ford’s story transcended the news to become a legend for the ages. That time is now. 

Blue Ice Pictures has acquired the rights to Robyn Doolittle’s tell-all investigation into the Rob Ford affair, Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story. Doolittle, an influential Toronto Star reporter, was one of three journalists to actually see the video that allegedly shows Ford smoking crack. 

Whether the book will make it as a film or television adaptation is as yet unclear. However, with producers Daniel Iron (The Bang Bang Club) and Lance Samuels (Inescapable) signing on, this one might just end up a limited indie release. The producers, for their part, call Doolittle’s investigation into Ford “dogged, fearless and exemplary journalism.” Which, of course, translates to good movie material. 

Doolittle, meanwhile, is more than happy to be adapting the book to a more visual format:

"If you tried to make this story up, people would think it was over the top. 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."

No release date yet, but no worries: Ford just launched his very own YouTube show to showcase his antics until then. 

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