Netflix Nabs Film Rights To Unpublished Russia Mafia Manuscript ‘Vor’

Jul 13, 2016


Vor is the title of an unpublished autobiographical manuscript by Rimma Rose, which focuses on the notorious Russian Mafia, and it’s film rights were recently picked-up by Netflix as Tracking Board reports. The idea is that the film could be Eastern Promises meets The Godfather, which sounds like it could end-up landing installments.

We are hearing from multiple sources that premium streaming service Netflix has acquired the Russian mafia manuscript VOR by newcomer author Rimma Rose in a preemptive film rights deal. Producing deals are being negotiated with a heavyweight production outfit that will be partnered with Energy’s Brooklyn Weaver (Out of the Furnace), and producer Mike Tadross Jr. (Category 5).

In the Russian Mafia, a “Vor” is a made man; an honor only given when the recruit shows loyalty beyond measure, with members of the Vor-world accepting the code of the “Thief within the Law”. Criminologists and top military officials have cited Vor as one of the most lethal, best structured criminal organizations in history, still in operation to this day. It is within this world that Rose’s thrilling story takes place.

This type of subject matter, which has been described as being in the vein of The Godfather meets Eastern Promises, plays specifically to Netflix’s new territories which are craving content specific to their region. In addition to this is the apparent semi-autobiographical nature we hear the author has infused, growing up in Russia with her family’s proximity to this infamous international cartel with ties in virtually every major city.


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