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Would-be pope assassin eyeing media deals

ANKARA, Turkey, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- A Turkish man imprisoned for trying to assassinate Pope John Paul II says he is seeking deals for book, TV and film projects about his actions.

Mehmet Ali Agca told The Sunday Times of London he is seeking $5 million for two books regarding his take on the 1981 assassination attempt in Rome. Agca said in a letter to The Sunday Times he wants $2 million for an exclusive TV interview.

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Agca, 52, is scheduled to be released from prison on Jan. 18. Agca was convicted of killing journalist Abdi Ipekci two years before his famed assassination attempt.

Agca told The Sunday Times he has contacted "The Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown about his plan to write a book called "The Vatican Code" that could later become a film.

"My plan is to proclaim the end of the world and to write the perfect gospel (sic)... I will proclaim the perfect Christianity that Vatican (sic) has never understood," Agca said.

The Sunday Times said Agca was arrested after wounding Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Square and initially alleged he was paid $1.2 million for the assassination attempt.

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