Former FBI Director James Comey could easily get as much as $10 million for a book on his life and his dealings in Washington, including the Hillary Clinton email scandal and his current rift with President Donald Trump, according to news reports.
"Jim Comey's story has everything, from White House intrigue to possible corruption and law-breaking," an acquisition editor for a major New York book publisher told DailyMail.com. "His explosive story makes 'West Wing' and 'House of Cards' on a par with 'Mister Rogers.'
"When his proposal hits my desk, I've already been authorized to offer $10 million," the editor said.
In addition, another book publisher told DailyMail.com that "major Hollywood producers are already lining up" to make a movie about Comey's life and "his attempt to unseat the president."
"I know one top-drawer producer who's already talking to stars to cast the Comey role," a leading movie-TV agent told DailyMail.com. "He has to be tall, good-looking and a Jimmy Stewart-John Wayne-hero type.
"I was mesmerized when I spent the whole day watching Comey testify.
"Comey could expect a movie deal tied into the book worth many millions of dollars more, tens of millions," the agent said.
Another publishing insider told Dailymail.com that Comey was in talks with Bill Barnett, a top lawyer-agent in Washington whose book clients have included Bill and Hillary Clinton, George W. Bush, Prince Charles and Barbra Streisand.
The $10 million figure is "making the rounds," according to the report.
"This guy can write," another top book editor told Dailymail.com, referring to his seven-page opening statement the Senate Intelligence Committee posted online the day before his Thursday testimony.
"His story and the way he tells it is spellbinding," the editor said. "Ten million dollars is not an outrageous amount for his story."
Regarding Comey's statement, the editor said: "When that document hit my desk I thought, 'I want his book.'"
Comey would not be able to disclose classified information, but publishing executives told Dailymail.com that the book would most likely detail the former FBI director's early life in New Jersey and his Washington career.
In 1977 when Comey was 16, he and his younger brother, Peter, were victimized by a gunman who invaded the Comey home, according to news reports.
The gunman locked the boys in the bathroom and ransacked the house.
Comey and his brother called authorities, and they helped the police artist in making a sketch of the intruder.
This led to the arrest of a suspect known as the "Ramsey Rapist," who had allegedly raped three teenaged babysitters.
The suspect, Bruce Ader, was cleared of all charges the following year by a grand jury in Bergen County, N.J.
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