I received some really cool news from Robert J. Randisi a few days ago…
I've sold film rights to my first Rat Pack book, EVERYBODY KILLS SOMEBODY SOMETIME, to Sandy Hackett, the late Buddy Hackett's son. I will be writing the screenplay. Plans are to begin filming January 2010. Sandy Hackett will star as Sands Casino pit boss Eddie G., who in the story is asked by Frank Sinatra to help find out who is sending Dean Martin threatening notes, while they are filming Ocean's 11 in 1960 Las Vegas. All of the Rat Pack members appear in the book, as well as other historical characters like Sands boss Jack Entratter, George Raft and Angie Dickinson.
This book was followed last year by LUCK BE A LADY, DON'T DIE, and in December HEY THERE (YOU WITH THE GUN IN YOUR HAND) will be published. All the books come from St.Martin's Press, and I'm presently working on the fourth, YOU'RE NOBODY TIL SOMEBODY KILLS YOU.
I’ve read both of Randisi’s Rat Pack novels and I think each would translate well to film. You can read the Gravetapping review of Luck Be a Lady, Don’t Die Here, and a shorter review of Everybody Kills Somebody Sometime Here.
Also, Randisi has a new Western out from Leisure Books titled Double the Bounty. I’ve seen it at a couple of different locations—Barnes & Noble and a local grocery store—so I know it’s available and the cover art is pretty good, but the newer Western releases from the large New York houses have been improving—beautiful scenery with a real western flair that really makes me excited to dip into the action and story inside.