Leonardo DiCaprio and his production company Appian Way, are going to partner with Kevin McCormick’s Langley Park to acquire the movie rights to the book proposal by Nate Blakeslee.
The book generated plenty of interest on both the publishing side and the movie side, with New Regency and Robert Zemeckis’ ImageMovers also in on the bidding.
McCormick, who spearheaded the hunt for the rights, is the Warners-based producer of Gangster Squad who recently wrapped the independent Mickey Rourke-Nat Wolff coming-of-age movie Ashby. He will produce with DiCaprio and Appian’s Jennifer Killoran.
Wolf tells the story of O-Six, who in some circles was the world’s most famous wild animal. The female alpha wolf was collared and tracked by researchers at Yellowstone National Park, gaining a huge following from not only scientists but the public as well. She was shot by a hunter in 2012 just outside the park’s boundaries, an act that caused howls around the country (she even got an obituary in The New York Times) despite it being legal — wolves were scaled back from endangered species’ lists, so there were new population control measures in place.