EXCLUSIVE: Adept at finding good franchise material, producer Mace Neufeld’s feature adaptation of the bestselling crime thriller The Samaritan is getting underway, having hired Mike Maples (Padre) to adapt the first in a series of books by Stephen Besecker.

samaritanThe thriller is the first of three books written by the author. It follows a highly skilled CIA tracker named Kevin “Hatch” Easter whose life is shattered when his wife is killed in a botched mafia hit. A deadly chain reaction of payback threatens a war among New York’s underworld and the lines between revenge and justice are blurred as “Hatch” navigates through the dangerous world of vigilante violence. The tracker leaves his home on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation in New York to clear his name as he becomes the hunted.

The project will be produced by Neufeld through his Mace Neufeld Productions and Robyn Shwer of MNP and Nesim Hason, founder and President of New Films International. Neufeld, of course, was the producer on the feature film adaptations of many of the late Tom Clancy’s novels (The Hunt For Red October, Patriot Games, etc.) which became some of the highest grossing films for Paramount Pictures as well as last year’s feature franchise The Equalizer for Sony.

Maples is repped by Paradigm Talent Agency, Bryan Brucks at Luber Rocklin Entertainment, and Jeff Hynick at Jackoway Tyerman.