Thursday, October 18, 2012
Aspyr Communications requested that I post this press release on my blog. I am happy to do that because I believe that Bill’s story is an important one. I can’t wait to see it. JKS
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STORY OF BILL BEAN, AMERICA’S “MOST FAMOUSLY HAUNTED MAN,”
COMING TO THE BIG SCREEN
LOS ANGELES, CA – What better time than October to announce production on a new fact-based horror film? Dark Force, the true story of the haunting of the Bean family, has been optioned to be turned into a major film.
The book Dark Force was authored in 2009 by William “Bill” Bean, the middle son of the family, to chronicle the horrific occurrences the family suffered at the hands of malevolent forces in the early 1970s.
The story of the Bean family has been told and re-told on countless radio and television talk shows. It was even the subject of Discovery Channel’s A Haunting series in an episode titled “The House of the Dead” (generating the highest viewership of any of their episodes). But now Bill Bean brings his true story to the big screen.
According to Bean, negotiations have been on-going for the past month with 35 MM Pictures to option his book Dark Force for the big screen.
“I began talking with Dale Hlaves and Jay Wallace in early August and was thrilled that they shared my enthusiasm to see this book translated for the screen. I then turned the project over to my agent/publicist Travis Shortt with Aspyr Communications to begin the negotiations. We had several meetings and phone conferences and on Sunday, September 30th we finalized the contract giving the approval for 35 MM Pictures to start the production process,” Bean said.
According to Wallace, the process will begin this month when they wrap production on their current project, another horror film, titled Maintenance Man.
“When we finish Maintenance Man this month our first step in Bill’s project will be to have Dale write a script based on Bill’s book,” Wallace said.
According to Bean, he is pleased that 35MM has signed him as an Executive Producer on the film as well.
“It’s a relief that Aspyr Communications was able to negotiate an active role for me in the creative process. After all, this is my story about my family. I want the integrity to remain solid,” Bean said.
According to all parties, once the cast and location have been determined, actual filming will begin in mid-January 2013.