Former FBI Director James Comey is set to be paid millions for the rights to his upcoming memoir, reports the New York Times on Saturday.
According to reports, Comey is currently shopping for a publisher, but is expecting a massive payment for the deal.
“It’s a book about leadership and his search for truth, informed by lessons and experiences he’s had throughout his career, including his recent experiences in the Trump administration,” said Matt Lattimer, one of the partners at Javelin, the literary agency representing the former FBI director.
Conservative Tribune reports:
Last month, the U.K. Daily Mail talked to literary industry insiders who said Comey could easily get eight figures for a memoir.
“Jim Comey’s story has everything, from White House intrigue to possible corruption and law breaking. His explosive story makes ‘West Wing’ and ‘House of Cards’ on a par with Mister Rogers,” an acquisition editor told the paper in a statement that didn’t sound preprepared at all.
The Times insisted that the book will “not be a conventional tell-all memoir, but an exploration of the principles that have guided Mr. Comey through some of the most challenging moments of his legal career.” Oh yeah, because I’m sure he’s getting eight figures for that. There are all sorts of publishers willing to shell out upwards of $10 million for lectures on “guiding principles.”
Even crazier, experts believe Comey will be able to fetch even more for the rights to a movie about the Comey-Trump saga.
“Comey could expect a movie deal tied into the book worth many millions of dollars more, tens of millions,” an agent told the publication, while offering a fawning description of who should play Comey: “He has to be tall, good-looking and a Jimmy Stewart-John Wayne-hero type. I was mesmerized when I spent the whole day watching Comey testify.”
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