Books by historians and authors David McCullough and Stephen Ambrose were during the past few years made into excellent movies. HBO together with Tom Hanks and Stephen Spielberg made Band of Brothers (Stephen Ambrose) and John Adams (David McCullough) both award winning movie series. Both good history and great entertainment; the trend ought to continue by putting these three books to film…
The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough
The dam near Jonestown Pennsylvania was built quickly and shoddily. The reservoir became the playground for Pittsburgh’s steel and railroad magnates. The danger signs were there but they were ignored. Then on May 31, 1889, following record rainfall, the dam burst and sent a towering wall of water roaring down the mountain. The deluge killed 2000 of Jonestown’s 30,000 people. The tragedy became a “national scandal.”
The Johnstown Flood could be a great movie with the right screenwriters and today’s magnificent special effects.
1776 by David McCullough
1776 was the year that created the United States and changed the world. The Declaration of Independence was signed that year but that was only one difficult step of many in the creation of the Nation. Americans suffered that year from disease, hunger, fear, and seemingly endless defeat. But, they persevered, they endured. Many of them realized, after the year had ended, that it was “little short of a miracle.”
Each year, Americans celebrate the birth of the nation by relaxing, or not, on the 4th of July. We gather with family and friends, we grill burgers and brats, and we watch great fireworks displays. Most of know of the Declaration of Independence, few of us know the other crucial events of 1776; the British evacuation of Boston in March, the arrival in New York of the British armada in June, the first great battle of the war in August, and the American victory at Trenton in December.
In the vein of John Adams, 1776 would be an interesting and exciting movie mini-series. HBO?
Gold Mountain Burns by Plane Williams
That’s right, it’s my book and no, it’s not been published-yet. Gold Mountain Burns is loosely based on a true story.
In 1906 San Francisco is California’s largest city with a population of 400,000 It’s also one of the most corrupt cities in America; The Barbary Coast section of the city is the West Coast’s adult playground. It’s known as “Sin City” and it has everything including gambling, alcohol, drugs, and criminal gangs that buy and sell Chinese prostitute slaves
A small band of church folk and other do-gooders wage relentless war against the slave traders. They pioneer “rescue” techniques; they garner public support, they battle in the courts, and when corrupt officials interfere they resort to more covert methods.
Now, amidst one of the worst natural disasters in US history and pursued by vengeful assassins, a Chinatown missionary assisted by her nephew and several close friends must lead a group of 50 former slave girls to safety through the wrecked and burning city during three days of terror, tragedy, and triumph.