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JAMES HOUSTON TURNER WINS “BEST SCREENPLAY” AWARDS AT THE CONTENT2023 FILM FESTIVAL

Best known for his Aleksandr Talanov thriller novels, screenwriter and producer JAMES HOUSTON TURNER scooped a pair of “Best Screenplay” awards for his scripts – Square Pegs and Hell Creek – at the Content2023 Film Festival and Media Summit, near Ft. Worth, Texas. Turner arrived on the red carpet with his wife, Wendy, then attended a banquet prepared by Capernaum Studios, where two seasons of the hit television series, The Chosen, were filmed. Square Pegs, Turner’s first movie as a producer, was filmed near Savannah, Georgia, two years ago, and is expected to be released late this year or early [...]

2023-10-04T07:52:19+00:00October 4, 2023|

SPY NOVELIST NOMINATED FOR THREE “BEST SCREENPLAY” AWARDS

LOS ANGELES - August 1, 2023 - Fiction author JAMES HOUSTON TURNER is best known for his Aleksandr Talanov series of novels about a former KGB colonel who became a spy for America. But that may soon be changing with three "Best Screenplay" nominations for scripts he wrote and submitted to the Content Film Festival and Media Summit, which will hold its prestigious 2023 awards ceremony at Capernaum Studios, in Texas. To read the entire Digital Journal article, click HERE. Other news sources include EntSun News, Georgia Chron, Cuisine Wire, Boston Chron, and sites as diverse as Bloomington Livestock, Doon [...]

2023-07-29T08:37:53+00:00July 29, 2023|

JAMES FEATURED IN VOYAGE AUSTIN MAGAZINE

JAMES WAS FEATURED in the April edition of Voyage Austin magazine, where he talks about Talanov and his latest feature film projects. The entire article, with photos, can be viewed HERE.

2023-04-07T13:15:30+00:00April 7, 2023|

JAMES HOUSTON TURNER PRODUCING HIS FIRST FEATURE FILM

AUSTIN, Texas: Bestselling author, James Houston Turner, known for his Aleksandr Talanov series of spy thrillers, has written and will help produce Square Pegs, a feature film family drama about a court battle between a pastor and his bartender daughter. Being the proverbial "square peg in a round hole" is a theme James Houston Turner explores in Square Pegs, a film script he's written that breaks stride with the spy novels he normally writes. The movie will begin filming in Georgia in early 2022. The story centers on a court battle between pastor Mac McCoy and his bartender daughter, Jodie. Their bone of [...]

2022-01-12T10:49:40+00:00January 12, 2022|

DRAGON HEAD INCLUDED IN TALANOV FILM PROJECT

"James Houston Turner has created a world that is so rich and unique that I was immediately drawn to Talanov," says b3 Media Group producer, Bret Saxon. "Talanov is an amazing character, and the impossible choices that drove him in Greco's Game have been taken to a new level in Dragon Head. I absolutely love Turner's storytelling and the colorful cast of characters that fill the Talanov world. We are excited for audiences to see the soon-to-be-filmed Greco's Game, and look forward to producing Dragon Head soon afterwards." Read the entire press release HERE.

2020-04-09T12:21:19+00:00April 9, 2020|

DAVID MARCONI TO DIRECT GRECO’S GAME

Blockbuster screenwriter, David Marconi (Enemy of the State, Live Free or Die Hard, The Foreigner), will write and direct Wonderfilm's screen adaptation of James Houston Turner's novel, Greco's Game. As reported in Variety, "Marconi will be sharing writing duties with William J. MacDonald. Jeff Bowler and Bret Saxon will produce for Wonderfilm, with Turner and Ross C. Hartley executive producing. Wonderfilm is fully financing the picture." Last year, Wonderfilm acquired the film and television rights to Turner's bestselling Aleksandr Talanov series of action thrillers about a former KGB agent who became a spy for America. "Over the course of the [...]

2019-12-08T09:12:36+00:00December 8, 2019|

Greco’s Game Optioned For Film After Bidding War

Wonderfilm Media and TideRock Media have acquired the film and television rights to James Houston Turner's bestselling Aleksandr Talanov series of action thrillers about a former KGB agent who became a spy for America. BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Jan. 22, 2018 - Set in Los Angeles against the backdrop of human trafficking and a famous chess game used as an assassination plot, Greco's Game finds Talanov experiencing the murder of his wife, and what starts out as a vendetta to kill the assassin becomes a journey of redemption with the help of two young women being held captive by human traffickers. Other books in the series [...]

2018-01-28T14:20:44+00:00January 28, 2018|

James Houston Turner In Final Negotiations With Hollywood

RUSSIANS, THEY'RE THE BAD GUYS, RIGHT? "Not all of them," says bestselling author, James Houston Turner, whose fact-to-fiction hero, Aleksandr Talanov, has attracted the interest of a major Hollywood finance and production company. "We are still in negotiations," says Turner from his home in Austin, Texas, "but we're getting close." "Hollywood loves discovering hidden treasure," says one of the producers, "and the Talanov series  is such a treasure. It has a drumbeat all its own. I'm excited to have discovered this series." The first novel being considered is Greco's Game, which is set entirely in Los Angeles against the backdrops [...]

2017-10-08T14:04:05+00:00October 8, 2017|

James Houston Turner’s upcoming spy thriller, DRAGON HEAD, enrages U.S. Secretary of the Exterior

Leaked emails reveal an embarrassed and angry U.S. Secretary of the Exterior, Jasmine Minnette-Rice, railing against bestselling novelist, James Houston Turner and his fictional spy hero, Aleksandr Talanov. "Aleksandr Talanov makes us look bad!" a boiling Minnette-Rice was overheard yelling. "Why the hell do you think my office, the Secretary of the Exterior, exists? To make us look good! And Talanov makes us look bad. How the hell can we look good if Turner, by way of Talanov, exposes what things are really like in this town?" Undisclosed sources say the secretary was angered further by an anonymous photo of [...]

2017-03-22T11:15:22+00:00March 22, 2017|

DRAGON HEAD THE NOVEL ADAPTED FOR FILM

JAMES HOUSTON TURNER'S upcoming thriller, Dragon Head -- due for release in 2017 -- has been adapted for the big screen.  Picking up where his acclaimed novels, Department Thirteen and Greco's Game leave off, Dragon Head will take readers on an emotional, whitewater ride from the atmospheric streets of San Francisco to the exotic bustle of Shanghai, with Turner's signature hero, former KGB Colonel Aleksandr Talanov, caught between an organized crime boss and the Director of National Intelligence in this "Bond-meets-Bourne-meets-Taken" story of survival, loyalty, and the meaning of family. Utilizing heroes and villains encountered in his bestselling thriller, November Echo, [...]

2015-02-19T13:10:54+00:00February 19, 2015|
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