Saturday, July 07, 2007

Thriller Author Partners With Director Andrew Davis on Unique Screen/Publishing Project

In a unique twist on the film option process, Thomas Nelson has announced that their leading thriller author Robert Liparulo (COMES A HORSEMAN, GERM) is partnering with director Andrew Davis (THE GUARDIAN, THE FUGITIVE, HOLES) on a new thriller to be developed into both a movie and a novel. Mike Medavoy's Phoenix Pictures (ZODIAC, STEALTH, THE SIXTH DAY) has optioned the movie rights for the yet-to-be-titled project, which Thomas Nelson will publish.

Liparulo and Davis will co-write the screenplay, which Liparulo will solely pen into a novel. The plot centers on a military construction project in Illinois where evidence of the oldest known settlement in the Western Hemisphere is uncovered. Soon after, the lead archaeologist makes an even more startling discovery: the remains of a recent murder victim. Fearing that an investigation will jeopardize the archaeological treasures of the site, he and his team - accustomed to piecing together clues to solve mysteries - decide to investigate on their own. What they uncover is a conspiracy bigger than they could have ever possibly guessed, one that threatens thousands of lives and the U.S. government itself.

A former journalist, Robert Liparulo is an award-winning author of over a thousand published articles and short stories, and the novels COMES A HORSEMAN and GERM. His short story "Kill Zone" is included in ITW's bestselling THRILLER anthology, edited by James Patterson. His third book, the high-action suspense thriller titled DEADFALL, will be published in November 2007 by Thomas Nelson.

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