BLOOMINGTON, Ind., June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Author Solutions, Inc., the world leader in indie book publishing, announced Monday that the film rights to "Shadow Warrior: A Thriller" (AuthorHouse, 2005) by Dr. John Mayer have been optioned by filmmaker Ryan Craig to be adapted into a feature film. Craig, the writer and director of the recently released Lionsgate film "Small Town Saturday Night" discovered "Shadow Warrior" earlier this year.
"Mayer tells an emotionally complex story that examines the psychological turmoil of a fiercely independent American hero, torn between the covert operations of the CIA and a simpler way of life, while also exploring the themes of love, loss, honor, betrayal, and ultimately vengeance," Craig said. "I believe audiences are hungry for characters like John Stryker - he's a guy's guy with heart. It's stories like these that made me want to get into this business in the first place."
"Shadow Warrior" tells the story of John Stryker, a CIA agent given the assignment of taking the war on drugs to a new level by disrupting the drug business in the U.S. Based on actual cases from federal law enforcement files, Stryker employs high-tech and old-fashioned bravado in an attempt to destroy the illicit business of an American business magnate and drug money launderer, Jerry Roth. Along the way, Stryker develops a relationship with Roth's wife, whom he views as a way to get closer to Roth, but a genuine romance develops between them, fueled by erotic and passionate encounters.
"Working with Author Solutions has provided me the means to elevate my writing to the next level, and now they are helping me bridge the gap between the written word and the big screen," Mayer said. "I am very excited about the possibilities here and am thrilled to be working with Ryan."
Mayer hopes "Shadow Warrior" will join several other titles published by ASI, including "September Dawn" and "Legally Blonde," in realizing success on the silver screen. Author Solutions president and CEO Kevin Weiss said he believes opportunities like this will increase for indie authors as studios search new sources for quality content.
"We're thrilled for Dr. Mayer. Having his book optioned is the first step in seeing it come to life as a feature film. I believe our library of more than 120,000 titles can provide fertile ground for the film industry to discover untapped talent and compelling stories," Weiss said.
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Ryan Craig is represented by manager Brian Sher at Category 5 Entertainment.
About Author Solutions, Inc.
Author Solutions, Inc. (ASI), a 2009 Inc. 5000 company, is owned by Bertram Capital and is the world leader in indie book publishing - the fastest-growing segment of publishing. ASI's self-publishing brands - AuthorHouse, AuthorHouse UK, iUniverse, Trafford, Xlibris, and Wordclay - have helped more than 85,000 authors self-publish, promote, and bring to market more than 120,000 new titles. Through strategic alliances with leading trade publishers, ASI is making it possible to develop new literary talent efficiently and provide authors a platform for bringing their books to market. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, ASI also operates offices in Indianapolis and Milton Keynes, England. Visit http://www.authorsolutions.com, or call 1-888-519-5121 x5238 for more information.
Kevin A. Gray
Author Solutions, Inc.
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