Films rights for Coleman & Bruen’s TOWER purchased.

I am pleased as punch to report that TOWER, the collabortaion between Ken Bruen and Reed Coleman, two nicer guys you could not find, has been sold to Brad Weston, Gil Adler and Shane McCarthy.

Born into a rough Brooklyn neighborhood, outsiders in their own families, Nick and Todd forge a lifelong bond that persists in the face of crushing loss, blood, and betrayal. Low-level wiseguys with little ambition and even less of a future, the friends become major players in the potential destruction of an international crime syndicate that stretches from the cargo area at Kennedy Airport to the streets of New York, Belfast, and Boston to the alleyways of Mexican border towns. Their paths are littered with the bodies of undercover cops, snitches, lovers, and stone-cold killers.

Weston is a former head of Paramount and was behind the second and third SCARY MOVIE films as well as BAD SANTA. He is also a producer on the (hopefully) upcoming SIN CITY 2 as well as the forthcoming remake of FOOTLOOSE. If he gets TOWER to the big screen, I might forgive him for messing with my memories of Kevin Bacon dancing.

Gil Adler has been working in film and television for almost three decades, His films include Valkyrie, SUPERMAN RETURNS and STARSKY AND HUTCH. He is also working to bring Ken’s ONCE WERE COPS to the big screen as well as HAVANA NOCTURNE, a very cool book about the end of the mob in Cuba as the revolution gained steam.

Shane McCathy has worked on a trio of shorts and is co-producing several projects, including HAVANA NOCTURNE, with Adler.

Reed: “It’s amazing to see how a simple idea nurtured with a mix of mutual respect and friendship can blossom into this project.”

Ken: “I give all the credit to Reed, Al (Guthrie, agent and a fine author himself) and of course, David (Thompson of BUSTED FLUSH Press) who published the book. I’m the roadie in this terrific band, cross me heart.”

If you have not picked up a copy of TOWER, do so. It is a hell of book written by a couple of seriously great guys. If my count is correct, Ken has two films in production, two more (including this) optioned and a forthcoming television series.

As I said, Ken and Reed both are as nice as they are talented. Everyone cross their fingers that TOWER moves forward and ends up in a theater near you!