CBS Films acquired the film rights to adapt Geoffrey Gray’s best-selling novel “Skyjack: The Hunt for D.B. Cooper.” It is acquired as a directing vehicle for “Easy A” helmer Will Gluck.
The story revolves around one of the last notable air hijackers, D.B. Cooper, who hijacked a Boeing 727 in 1971 and demanded $200,000 and parachutes. The unidentified man (obviously a fake name) jumped out of the plane over the Pacific Northwest and was never caught for his crimes.
The book looks into the perspectives of three different people who claimed to be D.B. Cooper.
According to actual media reports, nearly half a dozen people actually claimed to be D.B. Cooper, but all of them ruled out as the culprit by the FBI. The FBI claimed the actual Cooper did not survive the jump, but never found his body. However, it failed to prevent the public to idolize one of the last successful hijackers in United States aviation history.
The adapted script will be written by Keith Bunin (“In Treatment”).