The Last March of Nine
Sovereign Publishing Group
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Made in China
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Butterflies of Bill Baker
I Laugh I Cry Films
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The Children of Black Valley
Bleak House Books
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Who is Shayla Hacker
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Who is Shayla Hacker
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B o o k s   a n d   F i l m s   b y   E v a n   K i l g o r e


KEEPER OF THE DIARY  [Coming Soon]
Cast: Kenneth Branagh (Otto Frank)
Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Produced by: Matti Leshem, Lynn Harris (Weimaraner Republic)


Otto Frank returns from Auschwitz to a shattered life and the wrenching loss of his wife and daughters. Among the meager possessions salvaged by devoted family friend Miep Gies is a small, cloth-bound, checkered book that contains the voice, the spirit, and the life of his daughter: Anne Frank.

Hers is a bright, optimistic perspective that the world, still grappling with the unthinkable atrocities committed by the Nazis and the staggering loss off life sustained during the War, sorely needs - but in attempting to secure publication of the Diary, Otto faces an immense struggle against suspicion, skepticism, and indifference around the world.

Junior editor Barbara Zimmerman, fresh out of the typing pool at Doubleday & Co. in New York, becomes his sole ally in a passionate crusade to ensure that the tender, inspiring, uplifting voice of Anne Frank is never lost or forgotten.

Fox Searchlight Pictures won the aggressive bidding war for Franco & Kilgore's script, Keeper of the Diary, in January, 2017. Lynn Harris and Matti Leshem will produce the film under their Weimaraner Republic Pictures banner.

Check back here for more updates on the film's production progress soon.

IN THE NEWS:

 » Kenneth Branagh to Direct and Star in KEEPER OF THE DIARY
 
» Read the Final Draft Franco & Kilgore Interview about KEEPER OF THE DIARY
 
» Read About KEEPER OF THE DIARY on Deadline.com

 » Read About KEEPER OF THE DIARY at Vanity Fair


MAYDAY 109   [Coming Soon]
Produced by: Basil Iwanyk (Thunder Road Pictures), Beau Flynn (Flynn Picture Co.)

2015 Honoree: The Black List | The Black List
2015 Honoree: The Hit List | The Tracking Board
2015 Honoree: The Young & Hungry List | The Tracking Board

Decades before he would be elected President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, an illness-prone young Harvard graduate, enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II to prove to his father that he could live up to the illustrious Kennedy name.

On his first active-duty mission, captaining American PT Boat 109 in the South Pacific, Kennedy's boat was rammed and sliced in half by a Japanese destroyer, plunging the 25-year-old into a desperate struggle to escort his crew to safety, and survive.

Evan Kilgore and Samuel Franco penned the feature screenplay, Mayday 109, after extensive research on this astounding and largely-unknown true survival story, in essence the "origin" of the man the world knows as JFK.

The project lit up the Hollywood spec market in the summer of 2015 before it was competitively acquired by producer Basil Iwanyk's Thunder Road Pictures and Beau Flynn's FlynnPictureCo. It is currently in the early stages of pre-production.

Check back here for more updates on the film's production progress soon.

IN THE NEWS:

 » Read About MAYDAY 109's Black List Entry in The Wrap
 
» Read About MAYDAY 109's Black List Entry in Variety
 
» Read About MAYDAY 109 on Deadline.com

 » Read About MAYDAY 109 in Variety
 » Check Out MAYDAY 109 on The Tracking Board's Young & Hungry List
 » Check Out MAYDAY 109 on The Tracking Board's Hit List


THE LAST MARCH OF NINE

On a family vacation, Cleo's life is thrown into upheaval when her older sister, Angela, vanishes. More than ten years later, Angela reappears – irreparably changed.

As Cleo struggles to uncover the truth of what happened, she begins to confront truths about herself and the arrogant yet insecure genius, Jamus March, who took her sister. How far will he go to ensure the dissolution of free will for his own selfish purposes, or has it already gone too far? And why can’t Cleo shake the idea that she should have been the one to disappear?

As seemingly everyone around her begins to behave in the same peculiar way, Cleo must risk her life in a high-stakes race against time to finally save her sister – and ultimately them both – before it is too late.

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ADVANCE PRAISE:

"Total suspension of disbelief!"  
   -
Jennifer Jordan, Editor of UNCAGE ME and EXPLETIVE DELETED

TRIVIA FROM THE LAST MARCH OF NINE:

 - The Last March of Nine features a cameo by character Debbie Wendell from Who is Shayla Hacker.
 - The Last March of Nine features a cameo by character Ann Mackie from The Children of Black Valley
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MADE IN CHINA

Treading water as a dead-end trainer at the YMCA in Santa Monica, California, John Grant can hardly compete with ex-wife Lynn when it comes to their son. Like any six-year-old, Connor loves toys, and Lynn works for the second largest toy company in the world. When Connor is invited to a friend’s birthday party, he brings along the latest pre-release model of an highly anticipated next-gen action figure, set to come out at Christmas.

Two days later, all of the children from the party are in a coma with their parents in a panic. Is it some kind of outbreak?

With Connor’s health deteriorating fast, and his doctors at a loss to explain what is wrong with him, John alone plunges into a desperate search for answers. His journey takes him to China and what he uncovers may be the deadliest terrorist attack in history – unless he can stop it.

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FROM THE CRITICS:

"Kilgore taps into every parent's fear. A terrifying journey of desperation that will be sure to keep you up late into the night."  
   - Brett Battles, Author of SICK: Project Eden No. 1

"A riveting, real-world ticking-clock page turner - Don't miss it!"
   - Carl Ellsworth, Screenwriter of RED EYE and DISTURBIA

TRIVIA FROM MADE IN CHINA:

 » Made in China features a cameo by character Gregory Klein from Who is Shayla Hacker
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The screenplay adaptation of Made in China was named a Semifinalist for the Nicholl Fellowship by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.


BUTTERFLIES OF BILL BAKER
Screenplay by Sania Jhankar & Evan Kilgore

Best Narrative Feature | Manhattan Film Festival

Bill Baker, a kind, sensitive and content man, enjoys life’s simple pleasures, such as tilling his garden or playing with butterflies.

His seemingly fulfilled life is disrupted by Pavornocturnus – a night terror disorder that causes Bill to commit violent acts while asleep. His disorder can only be relieved with a unique, dangerous, and mind-altering technology.

After a particularly disastrous episode, Bill’s loving wife, Emma, leaves him, shattering his perfect world. Now Bill is only left with his best friend and trusted colleague, Mac, and the faint hope that one day, Emma will return…until he meets Annie – a 10-year old girl who brings laughter and excitement back to his life.

Official Selection - Manhattan Film Festival

Official Selection - Brooklyn Girl Film Festival

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FROM THE CRITICS:

"Butterflies of Bill Baker satisfies by warming you up and then hitting you hard with questions that buzz around in your head. A rewarding watch."  
   - The Movie Waffler

"An entertainingly understated film."
   - Unreal TV


THE CHILDREN OF BLACK VALLEY

Twelve years ago, the disappearance of Sam's first son tore his marriage apart and left his life in a decades-long holding pattern. Now, raising Daniel, a second son who never knew his brother, Sam is at last on the brink of putting it all behind him when he is rocked to the core by the unthinkable:

It happens again.

With Daniel gone, Sam is flung into a desperate journey to rescue his son and uncover the truth behind a decade of pain. What he finds is a string of dark truths that span a generation and lead him across the world to an abandoned nuclear silo in the heart of a blighted jungle in Africa.There, what he learns will change his life forever.

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FROM THE CRITICS:

"[A] story that readers will literally not be able to put down...the adrenaline-fueled pacing and ominous tone...will have readers predicting some kind of psychological suspense or crime fiction thriller...but then [the] allusions to illegal medical experiments on humans, mass killings, an abandoned nuclear missile silo in the jungles of Africa and unlocking the very secrets of immortality itself give the story a decidedly science fiction feel à la Crichton's "The Andromeda Strain." Dread-inspiring imagery from Sam's mysterious childhood—specifically a looming dark tower—gives the whole work an undertone of apocalyptic horror...This novel [has] a uniqueness that will keep readers guessing until literally the very last pages."  
   - The Chicago Tribune

"The speed and chaos...[and] smash-mouthed ferocity of a Bruce Willis epic...[with] a crash-bang finale...Every road taken is the scariest. Kilgore...has a...career ahead of him writing action films. Nuke the popcorn."
   - Kirkus Reviews

"Kilgore writes with a maturity that should put his age at about 85, trust me, he's nowhere near that age...[T]his is a one sitting book. It will put hooks into you and not let go till you finish."
   - Crimespree Magazine

"The promise [Kilgore] showed in his first book has come to shine...[U]nique as Who is Shaya Hacker...[with] a nice rapid rhythm that careens from beginning to end."
   - Barb Radmore, Front Street Reviews

"Shocking and haunting."
   - Internet Book Database

"Definitely different and...well done."
   -
Bookbitch.com

TRIVIA FROM THE CHILDREN OF BLACK VALLEY:

 » Character Ann Mackie from The Children of Black Valley makes a cameo in The Last March of Nine.
 » The Children of Black Valley features a cameo by character Joseph Malloy from Who is Shayla Hacker
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WHO IS SHAYLA HACKER

A lonely man in a large city dials a random phone number and is confronted with a desperate cry for help.

A 17-year-old-small-town-girl is abandoned by her older brother. A man flees on the eve of his wedding, in pursuit of a woman he's never met--but whose photograph is hauntingly familiar.

A detective discovers an unsolved case in the back of his files.

A blue-collar contractor uncovers a mysterious box behind some drywall in an airport.

Separated by a continent, they are bound by a question - Who is Shayla Hacker?

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FROM THE CRITICS:

"Twin Peaks meets The Da Vinci Code in this surpassingly weird debut."
   - Kirkus Reviews

"Evan Kilgore’s debut novel is an amazing piece of work. From the fist few lines it feels like something a little different, something special. Kilgore has a wonderful ability to draw in the reader...The characters are people that you are instantly interested in and care about, and the way they keep circling each other is pure genius, like a avant-garde ballet choreographed by a genius madman. The descriptions in the book took me to the place the characters went and are still in my head. This book is going to stay with me for some time to come."
   - Crimespree Magazine

"This is one of those novels that is better than its summaries make it sound. Kilgore is a persuasive writer with a stark, stripped-down style: we believe the story because he sells it to us. Balancing always on the edge of surrealism, the novel is a kind of existential thriller, an exploration of what makes a person whole, posing as a story about a bunch of people looking for a mysterious woman. Intriguing stuff."
   - Booklist

"After the first couple pages the hook has been set, the other books get set aside. The fascinating plot premise evolves as 5 different people, in different parts of the country, for different reasons, become obsessed with a girl they have never met...[I was] up late into the night, not able to put the book down...As a mix of mystery, thriller, sci fi and adventure, Evan Kilgore seems to be creating a new genre...Kilgore is able to elevate the mundane thriller into a work of thoughtful activity that forces the reader to examine it form all directions. The writing maintains the pace of the story without letting the suspense fade throughout."
   - Barb Radmore, Front Street Reviews

"A strange journey in a book I personally found fascinating...
Unusual and very enjoyable...Thanks for a great read."
   - Bookbitch.com

TRIVIA FROM WHO IS SHAYLA HACKER:

 » Character Joseph Malloy makes a cameo in The Children of Black Valley.
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Character Gregory Klein makes a cameo in Made in China.
 » Character Debbie Wendell makes a cameo in The Last March of Nine
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