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In the aftermath of the September 11th tragedy, an our-going Republican mayor emerged as the heart of New York City and Hollywood intends to milk it for all its worth.

The dust is still settling at Ground Zero, but a TV movie about the larger-than-life Rudolph W. Giuliani is already in the works. Based on the book Rudy Giuliani: Emperor of the City, (HarperCollins, 2000) by NY1's Andrew Kirrzman, the MOW will chronicle Rudy's rise to political fame, his personal wars on crime and topless bars, and the day the world stood still as America became the victim of the worst terrorist attack in history.

Five Mile River Films optioned the rights to the book for an undisclosed sum. The Connecticut company is already well-known for delving into the lives of scripture's saintly. Producers Russ Kagen and Lorenzo Minoli, the team behind TNT Biblical blockbusters such as Abraham, Moses, David and the Emmy Award-winning Joseph will bring Rudy's tale from page to screen. Kirrzman was with New York's man of steel as the towers toppled to the ground and witnessed firsthand as the mayor struggled to relocate the government and come to terms with the horror of the day. Kirtzman, who had already concluded his tome, later added a chapter devoted to September 11th, and the book was republished in November.

Robert Duvall and John Malkovich are rumored to be interested in portraying the conservative but courageous public servant.
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