March 25, 2008–Moxie and Killer Pictures will develop a feature from “The Man Who Invented Fidel: Castro, Cuba and Herbert Matthews of the New York Times.”
Written by the Times correspondent Anthony DePalma, the book examines how Matthews' mythmaking profiles of Castro set the stage for his rise to power.
Matthews, one of the era's top foreign correspondents, was smuggled into the jungles of the Sierra Maestra Mountains to get the first detailed interview with Castro. His other articles influenced American perception before the fall of the Batista regime and Castro's takeover of the government.
The book was optioned by Moxie Pictures, which has produced commercials with directors Wes Anderson, Todd Haynes and Todd Phillips.
Moxie's Dan Levinson and Killer's Christine Vachon will have exclusive access to the book's author, an expert on Castro and the Cuban Revolution.