The brother of a Utah Marine twice accused of desertion said he and his brother were in the middle of negotiating a $1 million book deal and movie rights up until Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun disappeared over the holidays.
Mohamad Hassoun told the Deseret Morning News that his brother's second disappearance in the face of pending desertion and theft charges has soured any interest in selling the missing Marine's personal story.
"There are no current negotiations right now," Mohamad Hassoun said Thursday from his home.
Who BUYS these kinds of books, anyway? A million dollar book deal? Was this supposed to be the story of capture-and-escape, or desertion-and-how-I-dodged-the-charges? I get the feeling the book would have been a skinny work of bad fiction.
I can write bad fiction. Give ME the million dollars. And you’ll get more than just one book, too. Heck, I’ll illustrate the entire trilogy for no extra charge!
Okay, okay… I’m not angry at the publisher for not giving me a seven-figure advance. Good on ’em for NOT giving any money to the Hassouns. Let’s wait until history unfolds before we pay their family to rewrite it.