Producer Andrew Scheer Developing Movie Based on Bell Scandal

The long-time television producer has optioned the rights to the story of the Bell police sergeant who filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the city

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Producer Andrew Scheer is developing a movie based on the city of Bell corruption scandal, TheWrap has learned.

Scheer has acquired the rights to retired Bell police Sgt. James Corcoran's story. Corcoran filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the city alleging that his investigation into corruption into corruption by public officials was quashed.

Since then, eight officials have been arrested in a scandal that rocked the working-class city just south of Maywood in Los Angeles County.

APA's David Boxerbaum is packaging the movie and plans to take it to the marketplace in the next few weeks.

Gary Frischer, a spokesman for Corcoran's attorney, said that there was a lot of Hollywood interest in the scandal, noting that "numerous movie producers have contacted our offices in hopes of obtaining the rights to Mr. Corcoran's story."

Corcoran filed suit in July 2010. In September, 2010, former city manager Robert Rizzo, Mayor Oscar Hernandez, former assistant city manager Angela Spaccia and council members George Mirabal, Teresa Jacobo, Luis Artiga, George Cole and Victor Bello were arrested and charged with misappropriation of public funds.

Scheer was executive producer of the 2011 TV movie "Marcel's Quantum Kitchen, co-executive producer of Fox's "Forever Eden" and a director and writer on "Comedy Central's Canned Ham," among other projects.