EXCLUSIVE: Indie producer J. Todd Harris and his company, Branded Pictures Entertainment have optioned the motion picture rights to Big Guns,  a satirical novel about the gun industry by former New York congressman Steve Israel. The book, which has a street date of April 17, 2018 from Simon & Schuster, is on a fast-track for development, as gun legislation continues to be a galvanizing national issue.

Harris’ company Branded Pictures Ent. recently announced the acquisition of all non-publishing rights to the beloved children’s book Danny and the Dinosaur, which is currently in development. The company is finishing principal photography on the new comedy Elsewhere starring Aden Young, Parker Posey and Ken Jeong, and written-directed by acclaimed Costa Rican filmmaker Hernán Jiménez. It also has the Talitha Bateman-Alfre Woodard-starrer So B. It in theaters, and the Netflix original Wheelman starring Frank Grillo debuting October 20.

Israel, who is now a frequent CNN contributor, represented New York’s 3rd Congressional District for from 2001 to 2017. Big Guns is his second novel, following The Global War on Morris.


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