1. The Incident on Ni’ihau (historical – true story): On Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, Naval Airman First Class Shiginori Nishikaichi, who was part of the second wave of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, crash-landed his damaged Zero on the privately-owned island of Ni’ihau. Aided by the island’s paymaster, Yoshio Harada, who was Hawaiian born to Japanese parents, he escaped capture by the island’s residents. The armed Nishikaichi and Harada then terrorized the island’s residents for several days before he was re-captured and killed by one of the islanders. (Quarterfinalist Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting - top 5% of 6,730 entries; Top 10% of 7,251 entries - Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting; Top 7% of 7,197 entries - Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting; Quarterfinalist Page International Screenwriting Awards - top 10% of 5,682 entries; Quarterfinalist Page International Screenwriting Awards - top 10% of 4,428 entries)
2. The Bequest (thriller): A bequest in a will turns into a nightmare for the beneficiary when the dead man appears to be alive and well.
3. Tsunami (action): A volcano, an earthquake, and a submarine landslide combine to create the perfect tsunami – and it’s headed for Hawaii. (Top 20% of 5,050 entries – Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting; Top 15% of 6,048 entries – 2006 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting)
4. Paradise Lost (legal drama – true story): When a young naval lieutenant’s wife claims to have been raped by five Hawaiian men, her mother – a mainstay in New York high society – and husband kidnap one of the men to coerce a confession. When they are caught after killing him and trying to dump his body in the ocean, it nearly touches off a race war in 1932 Hawaii. Clarence Darrow arrives on the scene in the last case of his career to defend the killers of someone who, it turns out, was most likely innocent of the rape charge in the first place. (Semifinalist Page International Screenwriting Awards – Top 5% of 4,394 entries; Semifinalist Page International Screenwriting Awards - Top 5% of 4,412 entries; Top 15% of 4,899 entries – Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting; Finalist – Scr(i)pt Magazine Open Door Contest)
5. The Catch (thriller): A serial killer is killing lawyers according to lawyer jokes. (Semifinalist Page International Screenwriting Awards – Top 5% of 4,394 entries; Two-time quarterfinalist, top 5% out of 4,899 and 6,044 entries respectively – Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting; Finalist – Scr(i)pt Magazine Open Door Contest)
6. Kanaka Blues (thriller): A law professor arrives in Hawaii to search for the killer of her mentor and quickly finds herself squarely in the killer's sights. Based on my novel Kanaka Blues (Savant Books and Publications 2010) (Quarterfinalist Page International Screenwriting Awards – Top 10% of 4,394 entries Top 15% of 6,048 entries – Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting; Finalist – Scr(i)pt Magazine Open Door Contest)
7. Blind Justice (legal drama) (co-written with Eric Witkoski): Renegade lawyer Gerald Michaud finally has a case he believes in – and it’s one he can’t win: Taking on the giant pharmaceutical company whose drug may have caused an elderly nun to go blind. Based on a true story.
8. The Big Empty (romantic dramedy): When a dying Texas town offers to give away land for free, rumors of a massive oil reservoir beneath the surface lead to an out-of-control land run.
9. The Melancholy Dane (legal thriller): An idealistic young lawyer defends her uncle on a murder charge, only to discover he may be a serial killer. (Finalist, top 50 out 4,000+ entries – The Chesterfield Film Company’s Writer’s Film Project; Semifinalist – The Writer’s Network Screenplay & Fiction Competition; Top 15% of 3,695 entries – Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting)
10. Writ of Execution (thriller): A lawyer in a large law firm discovers that one of his partners is a contract killer for the government who launders his contract payments through the firm as legal fees. (Semifinalist, top 30 out of 4,250 entries; Quarterfinalist, top 5% out of 4,466 entries – Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting; Finalist, top 50 out 4,000+ entries – The Chesterfield Film Company’s Writer’s Film Project)
11. Pro Se (thriller): A disgruntled lawsuit loser, who represented himself pro se, ends a campaign of harassment against the law firm that represented his opponent by going on a shooting rampage, then holding a group of lawyers hostage on the fiftieth floor of a downtown Dallas skyscraper. (Semifinalist – The Writer’s Network Screenplay & Fiction Competition)
12. Manifest Intent (legal thriller): A young lawyer, on the cusp of making partner at a major law firm, faces the biggest crisis of his young career – someone is killing off the witnesses in his career-making lawsuit.
13. Every Pig Got a Saturday (thriller): A young honeymooning couple from Texas crosses paths with an escaped killer in Barbados.
1. The Pilot (action/thriller): U-2 pilot Colby Hayes sees the unbelievable – nuclear weapons in South Korea, trained on the North for a pre-emptive strike. Nobody believes him when he reports what he’s seen; after all, everyone knows the South Koreans don’t have nuclear weapons. Everyone, that is, except the rogue element in the South Korean government who bought the nukes on the Russian black market. Now they have to shut Colby up before he can convince people he’s telling the truth. (Adapted from the unpublished novel by New York Times best-selling author Patrick A. Davis.)
2. A Long Day For Dying (military thriller): When the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is found dead in the private compartment of his airplane, Air Force investigator Martin Collins finds himself thrust into the most dangerous case of his career. But if things get sticky when the evidence points to murder, they get downright explosive when the three most likely suspects turn out to be the other members of the Joint Chiefs. With the President a mere twelve hours away from declaring war on Iraq, it’s one hell of a time for Collins to be going after the highest-ranking officers in the country. (Adapted from the published novel by New York Times best-selling author Patrick A. Davis.)
3. The Passenger (military thriller): When a military Learjet crashes just after takeoff with no survivors, Colonel John Quinn is called in to lead the most important investigation of his career – because the plane was carrying only one passenger: the president’s brother, and he’s been murdered. (Adapted from the New York Times bestseller by Patrick A. Davis.)
4. Balaam Gimble’s Gumption (comedy) (see Current Projects) (Adapted from the published novel by Mike Nichols; winner of the Texas Institute of Letters John Bloom Humor Award as the Funniest Texas Book of 2004.)
5. Squat (comic thriller): Former college shot put champion Eugene “Squat” Delacroix has a secret identity: Publicly he is innkeeper of the Yellow Rose Bed and Breakfast in the tourist town of Salado, Texas; privately he is struggling romance writer Amber Waverly. Now the “Doo Wop Killer” arrives in Salado in search of Amber Waverly, unaware that she is a he. (Adapted from the unpublished novel by award-winning novelist Mike Nichols; Top 10% of 5,050 entries – 2007 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting.)
6. Live From the Boneyard (comic thriller) (see Current Projects) (Adapted from the unpublished novel by award-winning novelist Mike Nichols. I have optioned the film rights. Top 20% of 5,050 entries – 2007 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting)
7. The Lot On Logan Street (romantic comedy): The residents of Logan Street in Fort Worth, Texas, secede from the City of Fort Worth and declare themselves the Republic of Logan Street. (Adapted from the unpublished novel by award-winning novelist Mike Nichols; Top 20% of 5,050 entries – 2007 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting.)
8. The Other Side of Forever (cop drama): Bruno Johnson is an ex-cop and ex-con – he lost his job on the police force for killing a child abuser. Once the founder of the police’s Violent Crimes Team, he’s now being tracked by the VCT as a suspect in a serial killing. His biggest worry is not that they’ll railroad him for the serial killing, but that they’ll find out what he’s really been up to: a series of robberies to finance a new life for several young children who have been the victims of abuse and whom he has kidnapped from their abusive homes. (Adapted from the unpublished novel by my client Dave Putnam.)
9. The Woodcutter (western): Eighteen-year-old Caleb Justin, crippled by the same falling tree that killed his father, survives by cutting and selling wood to the Army and to the railroad – where he falls in love with the railroad owner's daughter, Joan. Captured by Indians, Caleb escapes only to discover that his friends in the Army have been massacred – and the only survivor is Joan. (Adapted from the unpublished novel by Sheldon Russell, author of the critically-acclaimed “Hook Runyan” mystery series from St. Martin’s Minotaur, and Dreams to Dust: A Tale of the Oklahoma Land Rush, winner of the 2006 David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction, published by University of Oklahoma Press 2006; Top 10% of 5,050 entries – 2007 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting.)
10. The Poster Girl (romance): During World War II, a corporal carries on a V-mail romance with the girl working in the Jeep factory whose image winds up on a poster for the war effort. (Adapted from the unpublished novel by Robin Turner.)
11. Paradise Girls (thriller): Freelance writer John Standard searches for the missing granddaughter of an Oregon millionaire who has become one of the “Paradise Girls” – young American girls who are kidnapped from their homes and forced into prostitution in Mexico. (Adapted from the unpublished novel by Tom Towslee.)
12. The Bimini Boys (thriller – co-written with Tom Jacobs; adapted from the novel by Tom Jacobs): Everyone knows the story of Ponce de Leon and his search for the Fountain of Youth on the island of Bimini (renamed Florida). But what if he had found it? What would he and his men be like today? Manning Crenshaw is about to find out when he changes identities with Henry Toledo, a wealthy corpse with no next-of-kin. And now he is on the run. But who is trying to poison him, run him over, and gun him down – or are they after Toledo? Manning finds himself in a bewildering and deadly game – a game played from New York to California, from Hawaii to the southern edge of Mexico – where shadowy and dangerous players, five centuries old, make the rules.