Detroit strip club owner's colorful life could become a movie

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 11:49:11 PM. Alan Markovitz's memoir, 'Topless Prophet,' has been bought by film producer Ron Senkowski's Symply Entertainnment.

Alan Markovitz made headlines in 2013 for installing a 12-foot statue of a hand with a raised middle finger next door to his ex-wife's house.

And that's just one outrageous tale from a life story that's been purchased by a movie producer. 

Alan Markovitz's memoir:

Alan Markovitz's memoir: "Topless Prophet: The True Story of America's Most Successful Gentlemen's Club Entrepreneur." (Photo: Alan Markovitz)

Ron Senkowski's production company, Symply Entertainment, has acquired the feature film rights to Markovitz's memoir, "Topless Prophet: The True Story of America's Most Successful Gentlemen's Club Entrepreneur."

Senkowski, who's originally from metro Detroit, is a producer of the 2014 animated film "The Prophet," which featured voice work by Salma Hayek and Liam Neeson. His other credits include "Decoding Annie Parker" with Helen Hunt and Samantha Morton.

As part of the deal, Symply Entertainment also acquired the rights to a screenplay based on Markovitz's book by veteran Detroit publicist Ken Droz. The script earned Droz a spot in a Sundance Institute screenwriting lab held in Detroit two years ago.




Markovitz's career in gentlemen's clubs previously was fodder for a reality show. He starred in a Cinemax series titled "Topless Prophet" in 2014.

In his 2009 book, Markovitz describes his rise to the top of the strip club world and recounts stories about surviving two shootings, testifying against the mob and being targeted in a murder-for-hire plot. 

Contact Detroit Free Press pop culture writer Julie Hinds: 313-222-6427 or

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