Greetings to you all! I’m long overdue to write an update, so here we go!
For two years now, I’ve been asked almost daily about the status of a movie based upon The Most Dangerous Animal Of All. As it turns out, on June 10, 2014, CBS Television Productions acquired my life right, book rights, for what was to become a two-part, 4-hour miniseries. Having sold the book rights so quickly after the release of TMDAOA, we were excited that this production would progress at a rapid pace and that we would see filming right here in Baton Rouge with an air date of June 2016.
As it turns out, the CBS EVP who championed my story to the other executives resigned from her post last year, and my project basically got orphaned. With an incredible screenplay, written by Emmy Award winning writer/director/producer Todd Robinson, we were hoping that someone inside of CBSTV would step up and sponsor the script through production.
Then in October 2015, Steven Spielberg pitched an 11-part fictional serial killer series to CBS called ‘American Gothic.’ At the time, we were out to casting to my role in the movie. The new EVP who replaced our champion chose to default on TMDAOA movie because he did not want to run two serial killer series (TMDAOA and American Gothic) in the summer of 2016. In March we began looking for another interested buyer. Although the deal has not been ‘inked’, we have a tentative agreement a studio who intends to produce a 6-8 part documentary based on TMDAOA, highlighting my research and discoveries, and all new developments in my case.
I would expect pre-production to begin within the next few weeks and filming to begin before the end of the summer. Under my contract with CBS, I was bound by a non-disclosure agreement. I’m hoping that due to the quickly approaching production schedule with our new production company, we might not be forced to be so tight-lipped.
I’ve also been made aware of a new ‘Zodiac Killer Documentary’ in the works by Discovery Channel. I have no details except that they did not contact me, which means they are either doing an old re-telling of the story or have a ‘surprise POI’ to implicate. Since there is no ‘news’ in the Zodiac Killer case since the release of my book, from anywhere, I’m suspecting there will be no new POI named.
Regarding Foreign Rights, the Japanese version of TMDAOA was released in August 2015. I’ll post a photo when I get a copy. July 2016 will see the release of the Turkish, Italian, and Portuguese (Brazil) books. Once I get copies of these books, I’ll post the jacket to the website.
I’ll try to post more frequently as we progress toward production.