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Good Films Picks Up Rights to L.A. True-Crime Investigative Book 'LAbyrinth,' Implicating LAPD with Notorious Bank Robbery

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood February 4, 2013 at 12:07PM

UK production house Good Films has acquired the rights to Randall Sullivan's investigative book "LAbyrinth," detailing the true events surrounding detective Russell Poole's investigation into a notorious L.A. bank robbery. The book was originally serialized in Rolling Stone magazine.
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Detail from "LAbyrinth" book cover
Detail from "LAbyrinth" book cover

UK production house Good Films has acquired the rights to Randall Sullivan's investigative book "LAbyrinth," detailing the true events surrounding detective Russell Poole's investigation into a notorious L.A. bank robbery. The book was originally serialized in Rolling Stone magazine.

The evidence uncovered by Poole implicates many members of the LAPD to the robbery, and links them to the payroll of Death Row Records, founded by Suge Knight and Dr. Dre. The label is known to have signed many big hip-hop names, including Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac. The film will look at the world of renegade cops, racial tensions, hip-hop celebrities and the political nightmare surrounding the unresolved murders of Biggie Smalls and Tupac.

"LAbyrinth" completes Good Films' slate of projects with budgets between $10-$52 million, the first of which goes into production in summer 2013. FilmNation will sell the project in Berlin.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.