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Ryuhei Kitamura to direct Victor Gischler’s Gun Monkeys
It’s being reported that BSC favorite Victor Gischler’s Gun Monkeys is set to be adapted into film with Ryuhei Kitamura attached to direct. What more evidence do you need that the BSC Book Tournament champions are destined for greatness?
Deadline HollyWood and Quiet Earth are reporting that Kitamura is attached to helm the project, and I confirmed with Gischler that this is indeed a fact. Kitamura was behind The Midnight Meat Train (which was an adaptation of a Clive Barker piece), which I thought 3/4′s of was actually pretty good–and that’s coming from a guy that usually dismisses gore-motivated horror. Lee Goldberg is writing the script and he has tons of experience behind him in television (and a Shamus nominated author himself) that includes A Nero Wolfe Mystery, which makes him official to me.
BSC has a few reviews of Gischler novels, but unfortunately not one for Gun Monkeys.
Charlie Swift just pumped three .38-caliber bullets into a dead polar bear in his taxidermist girlfriend’s garage. But he’s a gun monkey, and no one can blame him for having an itchy trigger finger. Ever since he drove down the Florida Turnpike with a headless body in the trunk of a Chrysler, then took down four cops, Charlie’s been running hard through the sprawling sleaze of central Florida. And to make matters worse, he’s holding on to some crooked paperwork that a lot of people would like to take off his hands. Now, with his boss disappeared and his friends dropping like flies, Charlie has got his work cut out just to survive. If he wants to keep the money and get the girl too, he’s really going to have to go ape…
Gun Monkeys (2001) was nominated for the Edgar Award for best first novel. I want to wish – on BSC’s behalf – Gischler the best of luck with this and in landing a major player to bring Charlie Swift to the screen!