Tradecraft: Warner Bros. Developing Brad Thor's Takedown
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. has changed tacks in their attempt to turn Brad Thor's Scott Harvath novels into a film franchise. Instead of beginning with the first book in the series, The Lions of Lucurne (which was the plan last December), the studio is now eyeing the fifth book, Takedown, and has hired Ryan Craig (Small Town Saturday Night) to adapt it. According to the trade, Takedown finds ex-SEAL-turned-counterterrorism agent Harvath out to thwart a terrorist hellbent on creating chaos in New York over the 4th of July weekend. I haven't read these books, but based solely on their descriptions, the globehopping Lions of Lucerne sounded way, way cooler. (Although I must admit I am intrigued by the "3-foot-tall freelance intelligence operative known as 'The Troll'" mentioned in the Amazon review of Takedown!) Also, doesn't it make sense to begin at the beginning? I hope they re-think this strategy.