I’m delighted to announce that the movie rights to Mercenary have been optioned.
And So It Begins… Entertainment is a relatively new Hollywood production company founded earlier this year by industry veterans Toby Midgen and Stacey Stanley. Everyone at ASIB has a serious pedigree, having worked for companies like Lakeshore, Anchor Bay, DreamWorks, Fox 21, Ridley Scott & Associates, Starz and BBC Worldwide.
ASIB represents one of the biggest studios in the Dominican Republic and identified Mercenary as a perfect fit for their client, Lantica Media (formerly known as Indomina Media) – which develops projects with an eye on both the English- and Spanish-language markets at their incredible new facilities.
You are probably curious how these guys stumbled across my book. Three months ago, Matt Carpenter (Head of Production & Development for ASIB) attended a NASA memorial at the Johnson Space Center in Houston for his father, Scott Carpenter – one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and the fourth American to go into space – who had passed away in 2013. Matt met one of his father’s old friends at the memorial, a deep-sea diver who recommended a book he’d just finished called Mercenary.
Matt was then called up for jury duty on his return to LA. Impaneled as an alternate but not actually selected, Matt was stuck in a room all day with little to do… and desperate for something to read. Talk about a captive audience.
ASIB’s Director of Development, Adam Lane, emailed me to see if the movie rights were still available and I then chatted on Skype with both Matt and Adam. An offer was made soon afterwards, I hired an LA-based lawyer to negotiate on my behalf, terms were agreed with Managing Partner Toby Midgen, and then the option deal was signed earlier this month.
You can read more about how movie options work here. The short version is that a lot can happen between this stage and something appearing on a screen. Now the project moves forward, which presumably involves hunting down a screenwriter and actors and financing.
And I’ll share whatever exciting news I can along the way!