From Lee Goldberg’s site:
Covert Media is also producing my screenplay adaptation of Victor Gischler‘s Edgar-nominated novel GUN MONKEYS , which will be directed by Simon Brand. The development history of GUN MONKEYS goes back years. I optioned the book myself, wrote the script on spec, and for a long while it was set up with actor Kevin Costner and director Ryuhei Kitamura. That project came real close to getting made…and then fell apart. A new producing team came on board, offers are going out to big-name actors now, and we’re on track to shoot in late 2017/early 2018.
Back in September, Simon shot an action scene from my script as a camera/lighting test…and I’ve just been given the okay to share it now that he’s posted it on his site. The key parts are played by his friends and it has a voice-over that isn’t in the script — I wrote it just for this so that the action makes sense out of context. I think the footage looks terrific. Here it is. I hope you like it!
I dig everything about this test footage. Gun Monkeys by Victor Gischler is an excellent book. Kudos to Lee Goldberg for having the faith in it and himself to option the book, write the spec script and stick with it until a deal was made.
Goldberg managed in a short video that is mostly action to create a main character that we care about, a feeling that everyone in the clip has a backstory, plus he gives us a twist at the end not only in the climax but how things are resolved. Bravo, Lee Goldberg!
My hat is also off to director, Simon Brand and director of photography, Pedro Luque. I certainly hope that they will work together to create this feature film. I don’t know who the actors are in the Gun Monkeys test but I’d like to see more of the actors playing Charlie and Milt.
I’ll be in line to get a ticket when Gun Monkeys hits the big screen and will keep us posted on any updates.