Hi, January: Yes, writing for me has been between missed opportunities and realized stage performances on Broadway; close brushes with writing/performing greatness and the reality of failure; a sit-down with Film Producer Joe Manduke in my NYC apartment where he stated his desire to produce my film Doris (20 years before Dustin’s version); a phone conversation with Valerie Harper re the above film; John Wayne’s optioning of my baseball story re the first world series, The Kings Of October, just before he made his final exit; a co-starring role performing with Buster Keaton while writing my first produced Off-Broadway musical; the thrill of watching and listening to Streisand sing one of my songs on one of her specials (Draw Me A Circle, CD still available on Amazon); getting a rave review for on of my songs from Howard Keel; writing animation shows for Rankin Bass (Silverhawks Series) while working in law firms (ugh!); and many more. Yes, the one thing I’ve learned is persistence. Keep breathing and keep writing …
The Kings Of October is a novelization of the first World Series in 1903. It was a fascinating time at the turn of the 19th century when the new American League was being formed by Ban Johnson, a sportswriter, who felt baseball could have another league. The National League didn’t agree and fought like a banshee to prevent the new league from taking route. Take route it did, so much so that the new Boston American team (later the Boston Redsox), beat the Pittsburg Pirates in the first series.
Interesting note: John Wayne’s Batjak Productions optioned Kings for the Duke to star in, this was to be his last film, but he entered the hospital before filming could begin … and never came out.
“Deathload” is my third book, adapted from an unproduced screenplay I wrote several years ago. “Deathload” was optioned by one of the producers of “Toy Soldiers,” a film directed by Daniel Petrie, Jr. in 1991. “Toy Soldiers” starred Sean Astin and Louis Gossett, Jr. and was produced for 10 Million $.
My book, “Deathload,” is a story of revenge: When his Marine son is killed by friendly fire in Desert Storm in 1991, ex-CIA operative and multi-billionaire Vincent Fazio vows to make the U.S. Airforce pay for Vince, Jr’s death.
He hires computer software genius Billy Oshiba to create two super powerful driverless trucks armed with Teraflop Computers and the latest weaponry in 1993, then programs them to cross the United States and take out Air Force bases across the country. Fazio’s ultimate goal: attack the White House.
The conflict is introduced when, early in their journey eastward, the trucks hit and kill the sister of Phoenix Detective Manny Breen on I-10. The story gains its thrills and dramatic tension from Manny’s chase and constant battles with the trucks and Fazio’s Squad of killers.
The action-packed denouement features a show-down at the White House between Manny and Vincent Fazio.
“Deathload” will be published within two weeks using the Amazon/Kindle publishing format.