Bestselling Author James Houston Turner's Novel, Greco's Game, Optioned By Wonderfilm and TideRock After Bidding War
Wonderfilm Media and TideRock Media have acquired the film and television rights to James Houston Turner's bestselling Aleksandr Talanov series of action thrillers about a former KGB agent who became a spy for America.
"Hollywood loves discovering hidden treasure, and the Talanov series is such a treasure," says Wonderfilm's Jeffrey Bowler.
"I'm excited to be working with TideRock and Wonderfilm," explains Turner from his home in Austin, Texas. "They've invited my input into the project because we believe great thrillers need more than nonstop action. That's not to say they don't need action – they do – and the series has that – but it's the characters and their personal odysseys in the midst of that action that make us stand up and cheer, and that means some kind of love story, be it romantic or the bond between friends and family and how those relationships are put at risk. That is what gives a book or a film the emotional 'grip' it needs."
TideRock's Thomas B. Fore sees enormous potential in Talanov. "He's a unique hero, with a great combination of edge and integrity. Turner's novels would make a great franchise of films. They would also make a great TV series. I like having such a choice."
As an author, Turner has experienced the world he creates in his books. In addition to having been a smuggler behind the old Iron Curtain, he was once a journalist in Los Angeles, where he interviewed victims of human trafficking. He is also a cancer survivor of more than twenty-five years when he was given but eighteen months to live. "When Talanov is pushed beyond limits, I've been there. When he bleeds, I've been there. When he's ripped apart from friends and family, I've been there. When he looks death in the face, I've been there. That's why Talanov resonates with people. I put him through what I've been through. He feels what I have felt."
Turner will executive produce the project, with more information available on IMDb, Turner's global website, and his official Facebook page.
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