NASHVILLE, TN (November 8, 2012) - Best-selling author David Morrell has another book headed into movie production.
The award winning Morrell, whose best known for his work with First Blood, the novel in which Rambo was created,
signed a deal with Nashville based Bloody Moon Films for movie rights to the 1979 novel The Totem.
The Totem is a horror thriller about a Wyoming ranch town called Potter's Field,where a virus
is unleashed and spreads through bites by infected people.
Police chief Nathan Slaughter is thrown into a vortex tunnel of terror trying to unveil why animals become savage,
children become insane and the entire town turns into a frenzy of violence.
As Slaughter races against time to expose the horrifying secret behind the increasingly savage attacks,
he also struggles to overcome his deepest fears.
Legendary author Stephen King called The Totem, "A Knockout!"
"The Washington Post called The Totem 'one of the finest horror novels.' Given its eerie subject,
I look forward to the scares that aptly named Bloody Moon Films has in store for audiences," states Morrell.
Ben Dixon and wife Stacey are the founders of Bloody Moon Films. Ben, a producer and director, and Stacey,
a producer and actress, are in their tenth year of operation. The company's first film Dark Harvest 3 Skarecrow
was distributed by Lions Gate Films in 2006. Aconite and SHUDDER followed, and their latest project
Old Habits Die Hard starred horror great Kane Hodder from Friday the 13th fame.
"We are thankful for the opportunity to work with Mr. Morrell and his team on production of The Totem," states Ben.
"I also have my father to thank as well. Several years ago my ailing dad handed me a copy of the book,
saying it was a true horror novel and I had to read it. Time passed, but last August fate was staring me in the face.
The book was sitting on a shelf by itself, and I grabbed it for a road trip and finished it in no time.
Three months later I had a 170 page draft in place."
Production and cast selection on the
movie project is currently underway, with filmingslated to begin in the spring of 2013.
In addition to success with the Rambo film franchise starring Sylvester Stallone, Morrell has written more than 30 books,
has 18 million copies in print, and his work has been
translated into 26 languages. He's called 'The master of the high action thriller,' and Morrell's list of honors include the
prestigious career achievement Thrill Master Award from the International Thrill Writers organization,
and he's a three time recipient of the Bram Stoker Award from the Horror Writer's Association.