'The Ghost In The Machine': Issa Rae To Produce Film On Unbelievable True Story Of Tanya Smith At Netflix
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'The Ghost In The Machine': Issa Rae To Produce Film On Unbelievable True Story Of Tanya Smith At Netflix

Netflix has snapped up the rights to The Ghost in the Machine, the upcoming memoir from Tanya Smith. It will be adapted for film, produced by Issa Rae and David Heyman. Rae is producing through Issa Rae Productions and Heyman is producing though Heydey Films. Smith will be an executive producer.

As reported by Deadline: The memoir tells Smith’s unbelievable story— of how a middle-class black girl from the North Side of Minneapolis would, in the words of the FBI, “become one of the single biggest threats to the entire United States banking system.” The film will follow her extraordinary story of creating a sophisticated wire fraud scheme and outwitting the FBI and prosecutors, who underestimated her intelligence for years, before her life ultimately fell apart, leading to two prison escapes and finally serving 13 years of a 24-year sentence – at the time, the longest sentence handed down to any white-collar criminal. 

The book will be published in 2021, telling the story of "how she came to terms with her past and rebuilt her life."

Heyman recently produced Oscar nominees Once Upon a Time In Hollywood and Marriage Story.

Deadline first reported this news.

 

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