Jessica Lynch Pulls Out of NBC Deal
08/08/2003 AT 01:55 PM EDT
"The Lynch family has received many offers from people interested in bringing Jessica's story to life," a Lynch family spokesman, Randy Coleman, said in a statement, according to The Times. "Jessica and her family have concluded that the most appropriate and complete telling of this story will be in a book."
The family is reportedly nearing a deal with Rick Bragg, a former Times reporter, to pen the tome, which will be published by Knopf.
While an NBC executive told The Times that the network was disappointed about the Lynch family's decision, the net hasn't given up hope that it will land the first televised interview with Lynch. The source said talks to secure a Lynch interview are ongoing.
Still, sealing a movie deal with Lynch would have been important to NBC, whose made-for-TV movie is due to begin shooting in two weeks. Prior to talks with Lynch, the network was crafting an unauthorized version of the movie based primarily around the story of Mohammed Odeh Al-Rehaief, the Iraqi lawyer who alerted U.S. military officials to Lynch's whereabouts.