Monday, August 11, 2008

Rat Pack Mystery Novel To Hit Big Screen

I received an email from my pallie Paul at Bish's Beat. He recently posted this over at his blog. Bob Randisi asked him if he would ask me if I would share this with my blog readers. I'm more than happy to share this cool news with all my pallies here.
Friend and writer extrodinaire Robert Randisi has been have tremendous (and well deserved) success with his series of Rat Pack mysteries published by St. Martin’s Press.

Three are currently two published books (Everybody Kills Somebody Sometime, Luck Be A Lady Don’t Die), a third set for publication in December (Hey There – You With The Gun In Your Hand), and a fourth in the writing process (You’re Nobody Till Somebody Kills You).

The books feature Sand’s Casino pit Boss Eddie G. who finds himself rubbing dangerous shoulders with the Rat Pack in ‘60s Vegas. The books are a lot of fun and must reading for all cool cats with a love for the era.

I heard from Bob yesterday with some very good news. He has sold the film rights to his first Rat Pack Mystery (Everybody Kills Somebody Sometime) to to Sandy Hackett, the late Buddy Hackett's son.

Bob will be writing the screenplay and the plan is to begin filming in January 2010. Sandy Hackett will star as Sands Casino pit boss Eddie G., who in the story is asked by Frank Sinatra to help find out who is sending Dean Martin threatening notes, while they are filming Ocean's 11 in 1960 Las Vegas. All of the Rat Pack members appear in the book, as well as other historical characters like Sands boss Jack Entratter, George Raft and Angie Dickinson.

I’ll be first in line to buy a ticket!
I'm so there myself! I can't wait to see this hit the big screen. I've had these books highly recommended to me by several pallies. I definitely want to read any and all of them that are published. It's awesome that the first book is going to be made into a picture. It will be interesting to see who gets casted in the various roles. I wish Bob all the best luck in the world. Cheers!

8 comments:

dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie Keith, dude like didn't know you have pallies in such high places...thanks for helpin' to spread the Dinonews of the big screen Rat Pack caper...

The King Of Cool said...

Hey pallie DMP. I didn't always know that myself. lol I definitely didn't mind mentioning this on my blog. I can't wait for it to come out.

Nancy Sinatra Fan said...

This is such great news. I am a fan of those books. I had seen a couple of other places about this. I know that I'm excited.

The King Of Cool said...

I was happy to report the news here as well. I've never read the books, but I want to get my hands on them.

Steve Langton said...

These books sound like a must-read, and it's even more exciting to learn that a film is in the pipeline

The King Of Cool said...

Hey Steve. I totally agree with you on both accounts. Thanks for the comments.

Hemingway's Lounge / Bukowski's Basement said...

I once wrote a short story with Sammy in it. It took place in the '60s on the strip and it centers on an elderly washroom attendent whom Sammy takes out for a night on the town.

Regarding the books, though, I've always wondered with these Rat Pack mysteries how the Sinatra family doesn't go apecrap over these since they're NOTORIOUSLY very protective of their dad's image, personality and overall legacy.

The King Of Cool said...

Hey Anthony. That short story you once wrote sounds really cool. I've always thought it would be neat to read some fictional works featuring members of the Rat Pack.

I know what you mean. It seems that the Sinatra family are ready to sue, etc, to stop anything related to Frank that they have no control or say over. I'm glad these books are out though.