In Development | True Stories
We have many exciting scripted and non scripted films, television series and live theatre projects in development, and we are always looking for more great stories to tell. From Biopics, Comedy, Action, Mystery, Thrillers, True Crime, Family Adventure, Animated Films, Super Hero’s, Sitcoms, to Period Pieces. If the story is good, we want to tell it.
DRAMATIC TRUE STORY | THRILLER | FEATURE OR LIMITED SERIES
BORN TO RAISE HELL, THE UNTOLD STORY OF RICHARD SPECK
Book Written By Jack Altman & Marvin Ziporyn, M.D.
A true Story about Richard Speck, written by the Psychiatrist who analyzed him after the murders of eight student nurses.
July 14, 1966, in a sedately middleclass neighborhood, a knock was heard on door of one of the three nurses residences and Corazon Amurao, a 23 year old Filipino exchange nurse answered the door. A young white man was carrying a small black gun and a knife, “ I’m not going to hurt you “ he said, “ I’m only going to tie you up and I need your money to get to New Orleans “. That man was Richard Speck and before the night was over, he unfortunately murdered eight student nurses in what Chicago police described as “ the crime of the century:. Amurao was the only nurse who lived. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Speck
During the six months in prison while waiting trial, Speck was interviewed twice weekly by Dr. Marvin Ziporyn, the Cook County Jail Psychiatrist, who won Specks confidence and authorized him to write this book. Born to Raise Hell, the words of the tattoo on Richard Speck’s arm. This story will attempt to go beyond the sensationalism of the crime, and attempt to understand the mind of this violent , disturbed man. A&E:http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2kglgk
TRUE STORY | ACTION THRILLER UNSOLVED MYSTERY | FEATURE OR LIMITED SERIES
WHO KILLED THE CANDY LADY?
Book written by James Yisela
Who Killed the Candy Lady is based on the true story of the late candy heiress Helen Brach, who got involved with the shady Chicago horse mafia, disappeared in 1977, and her body was never found. Ylisela, a Chicago Investigative Journalist carefully unwraps two theories of Helen Brach’s demise, as accused and charged Richard Bailey now 87 years old still remains in jail for a 30 year sentence, and recently filed a motion to appeal to have his 1997 case re-opened: http://abc7chicago.com/news/at-87-new-legal-life-for-inmate-in-helen-brach-case/2203370/
Helen Brach: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Brach
Look book, synopsis, and book available.
View the sizzle: https://vimeo.com/album/4711390/video/170890363
TRUE STORY | ACTION THRILLER MYSTERY | FEATURE OR LIMITED SERIES
Book written by Ken England
The disappearance of fabulously rich Chicago candy heiress Helen Brach and the suspicious deaths of a string of champion racehorses are linked in a celebrated scandal that has reverberated through every level of the glamorous enclaves of thoroughbred horse breeding.
Hot Blood is a story about greed and horse killings while trying to frame gigolo Richard Bailey for conning and romancing wealthy women out of huge sums of money, and strategically pinning him with the unsolved disappearance of Brach, in order to put him behind bars.
Englade takes us step by step through the legal system and years of investigation with Assistant US Attorney Steve Miller and his three-man crew of investigators, trying to put the pieces together to stop the corruption and help solve the Brach case.
They can not solve this mysterious crime, but they help to bring other events into focus that can make your skin crawl!
Hot Blood relates to two stories. One examines the unscrupulous practices of dishonest horsemen in Chicago; the other scrutinizes the widespread and highly illegal agenda followed by prominent horse owners and trainers far from the Windy City, specifically from New England to Florida and back.
TRUE STORY | ACTION THRILLER | FEATURE OR LIMITED SERIES
THE JAYNE GANG
Based On A True Story
The Jayne Gang story is created by author and Chicago historian Richard Lindberg: http://www.richardlindberg.net , co author of Shattered Sense of Innocence.
Early 1950’s in the suburbs north of Chicago, stepbrothers Silas and George Jayne were self-made millionaires who owned purebred horses for high stakes, and battled each other where one had the other killed. In the annals of true crime, the Jayne feud is among the most bizarre and violent on record. It is a story punctuated by glamorous show horses, sinister sibling threats, swindles perpetrated against the wealthy and unsuspecting; “lonely hearts” cheat, the disappearance of candy heiress Helen Vorhees Brach https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Brach, the rape and murders of the young Schuessler- Peterson boys https://gizmodo.com/the-hideous-chicago-triple-child-murder-that-was-finall-1728039519 , the unsolved murders of the Grimes Sisters, https://theoremfact.wordpress.com/2017/05/31/the-grimes-sisters/
bombings, arson, corruption, and crimes spanning five decades. Chicago Tribune article: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1994-08-22/news/9408220118_1_three-boys-helen-vorhees-brach-investigator
ABC segment on Helen Brach re accused Richard Bailey, Aug 24, 2017: http://abc7chicago.com/end-of-the-road-for-inmate-in-helen-brach-case/2338928/
A recent CBS news segment on the Grimes Sister’s murder: Jan 22, 2018: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2018/01/22/grimes-sisters-murder/
The Jayne Gang concept is in development and Who Killed the Candy Lady, Hot Blood, Shattered Sense of Innocence, and Murder Gone Cold books are available.
· All of these stories are tied together for the making of a thrilling feature or limited series.
TRUE STORY | UNSOLVED MYSTERY | FEATURE OR LIMITED SERIES
MURDER GONE COLD, THE MYSTERY OF THE GRIMES SISTERS
Book Written By Tamara Shaffer
In 1956, three days after Christmas, two Chicago girls, Barbara Grimes, fifteen, and her thirteen-year-old sister Patricia, left home to see Love Me Tender, the first movie starring the heartthrob of the day, Elvis Presley. They never made it home, intercepted somewhere between the Brighton Theater and their house on South Damen Avenue. Twenty-six days later, following a series of bizarre reports of sightings far and wide, they were found dead on a road southwest of the city, their bodies frozen and marked by rodents. While Chicago residents reeled with shock and parents tightened reins on their children, a full-scale investigation ensued, but a fresh snowfall at the death site and disputes over jurisdictional authority marred its progress from the start. In the end, no one was ever brought to trial. Over the years, this case has been the subject of heated debate and speculation and even of psychic visitings. After nearly sixty years, no one really knows what happened to the Grimes sisters—where, why, or even how they died—but now there are those from the neighborhood who have their strong theories, they are ready to talk , and they want to see this open case closed.
CBS news segment: 1/22/2018: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2018/01/22/grimes-sisters-murder/
Facebook: Help Solve the Grimes Sister’s Murder: https://www.facebook.com/groups/GrimesSisters/
BIO PIC | FEATURE | DOCUMENTARY OR LIMITED SERIES
Marilyn Chambers, My Story
Autobiography Written By Marilyn Chambers
The life of Marilyn Briggs, the Ivory Snow, wholesome girl next door, cheerleader, gymnast, Jr. Olympic diver, from a nice middle-class family in Westport Connecticut, tells her story, how at eighteen, after landing a role in the Barbra Streisand film The Owl & The Pussy Cat, she left home, went to Los Angeles to promote the film, and while trying to land other acting roles, she was appalled by the Hollywood casting couch. So, she went to San Francisco and eventually made the choice to choose who she wanted to have sex, with under her own terms, by becoming Marilyn Chambers, a world renown Adult Film Star, during the decadent Sexual Revolution of the 1970’s. Now famous, she tries to cross back over to mainstream acting, but it could not happened, and there was no turning back. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marilyn_Chamber
View the sizzle reel: https://vimeo.com/album/4711390/video/27882428
BIOPIC | FEATURE OR LIMITED SERIES | MUSICAL THEATRE
Mahalia: The life story of the late Mahalia Jackson.
Mahalia broke through the racial boundaries of the 50s and 60s and forged a mainstream following that opened doors for gifted women of color in generations to follow. From scrubbing floors to becoming The Queen of Gospel, she was a legendary singer-celebrity and political advocate. Mahalia was the Oprah of her Day, described by Harry Belafonte as “the most powerful black woman in the United States.” She recorded thirty albums during her career, including dozens of gold records, selling millions.
* Synopsis and screenplay available.
BIO PIC | FILM | LIMITED SERIES | AND/OR MUSICAL
BIG GIRLS DO CRY AND WORKING MY WAY BACK TO ME
Books By Author, Counselor, Key Note Speaker April Kirkwood.
April Kirkwood tells her “Me Too” story about being an innocent young girl, growing up in Ohio, from a typical dysfunctional yet loving family, and her three decade affair with singer Frankie Valli. They met when she was a mere six years old, going with her family to see him perform, and when she turned sixteen he selfishly seduced her in his hotel room. She thought it was love, and if she hung in there she could be the next Mrs. Valli. But, Frankie was already married, had a daughter April’s age, and he had no intention of marrying her. Regardless, April was hopeful and waited. This is a story of a young girl falling for a man using his celebrity status to get what he wants, regardless of the consequences. And how our childhoods are full of choices and the imprinting that we live with while trying to break free.
Follow April Kirkwood: http://aprilkirkwood.com
· Books available.
VIEW SIZZLE REELS
Big Girls Do Cry: https://vimeo.com/album/4711390/video/182717406
Working My Way Back to Me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kERmc7sUzY&feature=youtu.be
BIO PIC | FEATURE OR LIMITED SERIES
SEKA: BASED ON THE BIOGRAPHY INSIDE SEKA
Written By Seka
It is 1961 in the mountains of Virginia, and an 8 year old little girl named Dorothiea, comes home from school one day to eventually realize days later, that her mother moved out to be with her new boyfriend and took the little girl’s brother and sister with her, leaving her behind to fend for herself. Two weeks pass, home alone, she continued to go to and from school, not mentioning this to anyone, frightened of the dark, she sleeps on the couch with the tv on, hoping that her family would return.
Nothing more to eat and realizing that something had to be done, she calls a cab to take her to her grandparent’s home and tells them what had happened.
This sets the stage for a compelling story of a young, sweet, smart, beautiful girl, being raised by other members of her family, who will eventually become Seka, The Platinum Princess of Porn.
Each chapter of this book is a compelling scene in this must be written screenplay or series.
Inside Seka: http://www.amazon.com/Inside-Seka/dp/1593932723
REALITY TV SHOW AND/OR DOCUMENTARY
DOG IS GOD SPELLED BACKWARDS
The ever so strong spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional connection between humans and dogs.
This reality tv show and/or documentary will tell true stories of amazing human like things that dogs do, the unconditional love that dog’s and humans have for each other, the recent discovery of the similarity of our molecular and cellular structure, minds, and the fact that dogs do feel emotions, like their best friends, humans do. If there truly is a God, did he or she give us dogs to be here for us in a physical form, to take care of us emotionally and physically? There is no coincidence that Dog is God Spelled Backwards.
· Owners of the trademark of Dog is God Spelled Backwards for
· View sizzle reel: https://vimeo.com/album/4711390/video/235606201