EXCLUSIVE: Samuel Franco and Evan Kilgore, whose script Mayday 109 just landed on this year’s Black List, have signed with ICM Partners. Franco and Kilgore’s script, which tells the story of then-Navy Lt. John F. Kennedy’s encounter with a Japanese destroyer in 1943 during World War II when he was aboard PT-109, was acquired by Thunder Road with Beau Flynn (San Andreas) producing.
PT-109 (an acronym for Patrol Torpedo) was one of several boats that would seek out and try to thwart in any way possible the Tokyo Express as it was known — destroyers bent on obliterating the U.S. Naval forces. The destroyer escorts in the Navy (especially in the Pacific) were in harm’s way all the time and these PT boats were crucial to winning the war.
Mayday 109 is currently looking for a director. In the meantime, the writing duo is also developing a biopic on the great boxer Rocky Marciano with Jeremy Renner attached to star. Marciano held the heavyweight title in the 1950s and was considered by most sportswriters the greatest heavyweight of all time due to his stamina in the ring, his ability to take punches and keep going, and his high knock-out percentages. A mutual friend of Marciano’s and mine who was a former boxer and also boxing announcer told me that he nicknamed his old friend “The Machine” because he said he never shut down in the ring.
Franco and Kilgore continue to be co-managed by Bellevue Productions and Brio Entertainment and their attorneys at the Marks Law Group.