EXCLUSIVE: Macmillan Entertainment is teaming with screenwriter/actor/producer Adam Storke to turn his screen adaptation of the Macmillan UK novel Acts Of Violence by Ryan David Jahn into a feature film. The book is inspired by the shameful murder of Kitty Genovese, who suffered a brutal attack during an evening in 1964 in the courtyard of her own apartment building. As she screamed for help, her neighbors displayed notorious apathy. Though it was reported that 38 neighbors heard her screams, no one came to her aid, or even bothered to call the police through the prolonged attack. This tells the story from six different perspectives, during the three hours that the attack lasted, and how such cowardice and indifference can keep people from doing the right thing.
Macmillan Entertainment Plans ‘Acts Of Violence’, Drama Inspired By Kitty Genovese Murder Where Apathetic Neighbors Ignored Her Screams
EXCLUSIVE: Macmillan Entertainment and Everest Entertainment Group are developing a feature film from The Wolfman, the 2008 novel written by Nicholas Pekearo and published by Tor Books. It’s about a lost soul who happens to be a werewolf who struggles with his affliction until he decides to focus on the bad guys who deserve it, including a serial killer preying on young girls. This development would be a dream come true by Pekearo, a crime and comic book buff who was just getting his footing as a novelist. He was also an auxiliary policeman for the NYPD who died seven years ago today after being shot six times by a crazed gunman who also killed Pekearo’s partner in Greenwich Village. That partner, 19-year-old Yevgeniy Marshalik, was the star of his high school debating team and a student at NYU. The murders created controversy and pointed up the ludicrousness of sending out auxiliary cops who are not allowed to carry weapons. Despite this, and the fact that unarmed auxiliary cops weren’t supposed to engage armed suspects, the duo chased down the gunman after he had already killed a bartender and was looking for other victims. The book was published posthumously in 2009.
Macmillan Publishers has strengthened its commitment to shepherding film and TV adaptations of its book titles by forming Macmillan Entertainment. The division will be run by executive editor Brendan Deneen, who has been an editor since 2010 at the St. Martin’s Press imprint Thomas Dunne Books. This isn’t exactly a big revelation, considering that Deneen has been setting up film projects for Macmillan since 2010, when book, magazine and newspaper publishers really started seeing the revenue potential of holding onto ancillary rights and sharing in the riches of option deals.
Deneen came to publishing from the film business, starting as a development/production executive for Scott Rudin and for Bob and Harvey Weinstein. The label already has projects at MGM, Legendary Pictures, Sony Pictures Television, BenderSpink, and The Weinstein Company, among others. Editors throughout Macmillan are generating original ideas in conjunction with Macmillan Entertainment, developing them first as books and then into multimedia ventures, especially film and television. Macmillan Entertainment also works with literary agencies, negotiating film and TV deals on their behalf and assisting the creative development of existing and forthcoming Macmillan books into feature films and/or television series.