NORTH PLATTE, Neb. — One of Lincoln County’s most notorious residents could be headed for the big screen.
Plans are under way to make a movie based on “Evil Obsession: The Annie Cook Story.” The book, written by Nellie Snyder Yost, is a true account of the power, greed and corruption that reigned in North Platte in the 1930s.
The tale follows Annie Cook, who ran the county poor farm. With prostitution, slavery, bootlegging and murder under her belt, Cook was one of the primary players in North Platte’s reputation as “Little Chicago.”
Jon Robinson, a historian and writer who moved to Gothenburg, Neb., from California about five years ago, was inspired by the tale. He said the story cried out to be made into a movie.
“Part of what covered Annie’s tracks was the location and culture at the time, but also the fact that she was a farm wife,” Robinson said. “It was the perfect disguise.”
Robinson pitched the idea to friend Robert Manciero, an Emmy-winning director.
“Since then, we have bought the rights to the book,” Robinson said. “Funding sources have been approached, and handshakes have been made. ... We hope to be filming in 2013.”