March 18, 2003 03:52 PM

The country breathed a collective sigh of relief over the safe return of Elizabeth Smart, the 15-year-old girl who went missing for nine months after she was forcibly taken from her family’s home in Salt Lake City.

And with Smart back home and her alleged captors in police custody, it was only a matter of time before Hollywood would come calling.

In the days since Elizabeth returned home, the family has received close to 100 film, television and book offers, in addition to more than 3,000 media requests, the Associated Press reports. Most of the major networks as well as USA and Lifetime have expressed interest in rights to the story.

Chris Thomas, a spokesman for the Smarts, said the family is reviewing different offers and trying to determine whether they want someone to tell the story, or if they want to tell it themselves.

“I don’t want to disclose specific names and studios or other entities,” Thomas said, “but we’ve been contacted by some really big names.”

However, other concerns have occupied the family as they try to untangle the events of the past nine months. Arrested in the kidnapping were Brian David Mitchell, a homeless drifter who had done some work on the Smart family’s house, and his wife, Wanda Barzee. Mitchell, a self-proclaimed prophet, and Barzee were spotted less than 20 miles from the Smarts’ home.

Elizabeth’s well-being is the Smarts’ main concern, Thomas said. “Books and movies and exterior things are secondary.”

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