Four Skiers Sign Movie Deal
DENVER (AP) _ Four skiers rescued after three days in the wilderness have signed with a talent agency to turn their ordeal into a movie. A fifth skier, who complained about being treated like a ″slave,″ is being pursued by a rival agency.
Ken Torp and Elliot Brown signed Monday with the William Morris Agency, following the lead of Rob and Dee Dubin, agent Paul Frank said.
The fifth skier, Brigitte Schluger, and two others who skied to safety earlier are being pursued by the Creative Artists Agency, Frank said.
″We would be happy if the other three would come aboard, but Brigitte has been dealing with this emotionally and we really can tell this story without Andrea (Brett) and Richard (Rost),″ he said.
Last week, Schluger accused the Dubins of treating her like a ″little Roman slave girl″ during the ordeal.
The seven set out Feb. 19 for a weekend outing but were caught in a severe snowstorm. Rost and Brett skied out the following day and initiated a search for their companions.
Torp and Brown became separated from the others and reached safety Feb. 23. The Dubins and Schluger were rescued by helicopter later that day.
Mrs. Dubin was in good condition at Presbyterian-St. Luke Hospital where she is being treated for frostbitten toes and fingers. Schluger was released Saturday and is recovering at home, said Dr. Stephen Goldstein.
Frank said the four who signed with William Morris plan to pay the cost of the search, estimated at $20,000.
He said TV movie rights to their story, which has interested ABC and NBC, likely will generate $250,000 to $400,000. A book also is possible.