Friday, June 05, 2009

Producers Option Joseph Finder's Thriller Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct by Joseph Finder

Variety is reporting that Joseph Finder's 2006 bestselling novel and winner of the 2007 for Best Novel, Killer Instinct, has been optioned by Chockstone Pictures and DeFina Film Productions.

Synopsis: Jason Steadman is a 30-year-old sales executive for a major electronics company in Boston. He's witty and well-liked but, to the chagrin of his ambitious wife, it looks like Jason's career has hit a ceiling. He lacks the one thing that could help him get ahead: the killer instinct. All that changes when Jason meets Kurt Semko, a former Special Forces officer just back from Iraq. Looking for a decent pitcher for the company softball team, Jason gets Kurt, who was once drafted by the majors, a job in Corporate Security. Soon, good things start to happen for Jason and bad things start to happen to Jason's rivals. Too late does Jason discover that Kurt has been paving his path to the top by the most efficient, devious means available. Now that his new best friend has become the most dangerous enemy imaginable, Jason stands to lose far more than his job.

"The book appealed to us on two levels: as a terrific thriller and also as a parody of the technology industry that is scary and funny at the same time," said Steve Schwartz of Chockstone.

Finder's 1998 novel was made into the 2002 thriller starring Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd. Adaptation of his 2004 novel Paranoia is reported as being "in development".

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