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Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff - Bestselling Author, Voice Over Artist and Media Assassin

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One of My Scripts Being Developed as a Reboot for “Best of the Best” Movie Franchise

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Recently, a major production company with some well-known titles under their belt optioned a script Phillip Rhee and I wrote and developed together at the end of 2004 called, “Champions” — a very inventive, fun, and action-filled, martial arts/sports movie that has an extremely cool signature concept to it. The new production company has hired a writer they know to rewrite it and update it with the intention of using it to reboot Phillip Rhee’s signature series “Best of the Best” as a major motion picture franchise.

One of the few Hollywood people I know who is not a dick is Phillip Rhee, the writer, creator and sometimes director of the cult-classic “Best of the Best” movies that always seem to be on cable somewhere. Phillip’s a friend, a really good guy, and he and I have collaborated on developing many script projects over the years.

There was even a period of time in what feels like my previous life that all I was writing were scripts on assignment from Phillip’s production company. As I’ve previously written about in the foreword for my last-hitman-standing thriller “Number One with a Bullet,” we had optioned that script to some bigwig and yada, yada, yada… Thing is, along with his other endeavors and businesses, he was putting all of these projects into play and continued to even as I fell face-first into new media and that whole Sirius/podcasting/TV part of my life and then into publishing, etc.

Screen Shot 2013-03-27 at 10.01.57 PMSo what does this all mean? No clue at this point and I’m not going to speculate publicly, because this news and a buck fifty will get you bus fare. I have a signed contract that covers the work I’ve done, its future disposition, etc… and I know what it says. Now, we wait.

So, stay tuned. If anything should come of this at all, I’ll let you know. As the late, greatl Don LaFontaine would have said: In a world where tons of scripts get developed, this is one of them… 

 

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I Would Kill to Write the Next Bond Novel or Some Other Mega-Action Franchise For Someone

Without a doubt, it’s been busy. And that’s the way I like it. Sure this past year has certainly brought it’s share of misfires (a comic book, a TV series, a reality pilot, an animated feature)–all things that came together in one way or another, looked promising for a while and then fell apart. That’s just part of the territory when you’re an independent artist. Opportunities come and go and sometimes they blow up in your face because of something unfortunate (i.e. stupid) that someone else did. In most cases it ends up for the best. In every case, you pick yourself back up, brush yourself off and keep marching forward.

However, one of the things that went extremely right this year was my own efforts to build up my book sales. Around March, I discovered the ebook revolution had come knocking on my door. Sales of the one ebook I had released in 2008, “Where’s My F*cking Latte“, had been growing from a seedling into a mighty oak and were now exploding. I realized immediately that the growing ebook revolution would be huge for indie guys like me. My buddy Blake Morgan really instilled a mission into my head when he told me that the best way to sell back catalog was to release more material.

So that’s what I did. I polished up and released seven older novels as ebooks, several of which had only been available as serialized podcasts. I wrote lots and lots of brand new material and released three more non-fiction books and a book of short stories. All four of my non-fiction books hit the Kindle bestseller lists in their respective categories. Latte and the Bin Laden book have become fixtures at the top of theirs.

And yes, all of my books sell copies and those sales keep growing as the market continues to go vertical.

So far for 2012 I have a brand new urban fantasy series comprised of three novellas. I also have another Rev. MYN book, the sequel to “Go Forth and Kick Some Ass,” coming out. Both projects are written and finished. I’m also starting development on another big non-fiction book that I’d like to have out before summer.

And as I was drafting a battle plan of what I’d like to accomplish as an author in 2012, I had a thought. I’d love to find a great writing assignment. I am very fortunate to spend as much time as I do working on all of my own books, but in the spirit of spicing it up a bit I was thinking it would be really awesome  to get hired to write for someone else’s project…to step into some other character’s world and put my talents to work adding my own spin to their adventures.

The dream: to write a big action story as part of a massive franchise like Bond, Halo or something similar. My novel, “Number One with a Bullet” was very much a Bourne-meets-Bond type of story. I know I could knock something like this out of the park.

I don’t really know anybody to approach with this so I thought I’d just throw it out there, screaming into the sky with the hope that somehow, someway it finds the right ears. If you have an action franchise that needs an author, let’s talk. I’ll send you samples of some of my best pulse-pounding work and we’ll go from there.

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