Kyle Mills: Stranger Than Fiction - Part II

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Last month, I outlined some interesting predictions I’ve made over the years and also explored some that Vince Flynn has woven into the Mitch Rapp series. The list was longer than I expected. This month I’m back with a few more examples of how we’ve used a crystal ball to peer into the future.

Once again, I’ve called on Ryan Steck, the Rappologist from The Real Book Spy to share examples of some of Vince’s all-too-real plotlines. Longtime fans of the Rapp series know how solid Vince’s intel was.

 

Transfer of Power

In the opening pages of Transfer of Power, Vince notes that some facts were omitted out of respect for the president and the US Secret Service. What I wouldn’t give to read the manuscript before the redactions! As longtime fans will recall, George W. Bush famously told Vince in a limo ride that he was “a little too accurate.”

Vince’s brother, Tim Flynn, joked at The Survivor 2015 launch event that Vince was a master at getting people to open up. He said that within a few minutes of sitting down with Vince, SEAL Team 6 was sharing details they weren’t supposed to talk about. He also mentioned the similarities between the bin Laden raid and Memorial Day, which I talked about in Part 1.

Protect and Defend

In 2007’s Protect and Defend, Vince wrote about the Israelis taking out an Iranian nuclear facility by embedding an agent and blowing up the plant from the inside. In 2013, a nuclear facility buried deep in an Iranian mountain was allegedly partially destroyed by a massive explosion, leaving 240 people underground. While both the Iranians and Israelis are tight lipped about what really happened there, the information available makes it sound very much like Vince’s scenario coming to life.

Here are a few other strangely prescient scenarios that have played out in reality long after my books were published.

The Utopia Experiment

I’m fascinated by wearable technology. Not so much the kind that spits out data about my workout, but the kind that will transform our senses and help us deal with our increasingly complex world.

In The Utopia Experiment, I dreamed up a device that was embedded into a person’s skull much like a cochlear implant. It fed information to the user via an augmented reality overlay that mixed the real world with holographic details. The device provided a flood of information: from emails, social media updates, and heads-up displays, to real-time fact checking and driving routes. Facial recognition even delivered instantaneous information about people and their backgrounds. Obviously, the military applications were endless, as were more sinister ones.

As I was finishing the manuscript, the Google Glass project was announced, leaving me scrambling to find out if I’d been just a few months behind the curve. Fortunately for me (but not so much humanity) their technology was only a primitive first step toward my vision and fizzled pretty quickly.

Now more sophisticated wearable augmented reality in the vein of what I imagined, such as Microsoft’s HoloLens and Meta’s headset, are taking shape, not to mention the virtual reality devices like Oculus Rift that create an entirely new universe for users. Real-time fact checking didn’t exist when my book was first conceived, but now organizations like PolitiFact do their best to keep politicians honest during their speeches.

Imagining this futuristic technology was challenging so I’m interested to see how it evolves. So far, I’ve gotten a surprising number of things right. 

The Second Horseman

Like most people, I appreciate a good heist—particularly when some incredibly clever criminal has thought long and hard about it. I decided to explore just such a scenario in The Second Horseman after having a fascinating conversation with a Vegas insider about how the city transports all that casino money to the Federal Reserve in San Francisco.

I recently read that thieves in the Netherlands stole a truckload of iPhones while the truck’s driver cruised down a motorway with no clue what was happening. Apparently this style of iPhone theft has been happening since 2008 in Europe. I dearly hope that my description of a similar technique in 2006 provided some inspiration.

I’ve already started my list for 2019 as I see some nefarious players making trouble that I envisioned long ago. It’s possible that the course of the world has already been laid out by today’s hardworking thriller writers. Stay tuned!

If you’re not following Kyle, connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, or his website

Kyle Mills: Stranger Than Fiction

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I, like many authors, periodically take stock of the various scenarios I’ve written about to see how many are playing out in the news. Interpreting current events and predicting their outcomes continues to be one of my favorite parts of the job. Whether I’m focused on politics, conflict zones, or technology, wreaking havoc in a way that feels in-the-moment can be a lot like fortune telling.

As fans know, Vince shared my obsession with cutting-edge realism. To revisit some of his best moments of clairvoyance, I talked to Ryan Steck—known to thousands online as the Rappologist. Ryan has dived deeper than anyone into the details of Mitch’s universe and runs the thriller website The Real Book Spy. Check him out if you haven’t already.

Memorial Day

In Memorial Day, Rapp and a group of commandos chopper into Pakistan without permission from the Pakistani government. Their purpose? To hit a high-value target. Seven years after the book was published, Osama bin Laden was taken out pretty much as Vince envisioned. As if that weren’t enough, there was also a security review of the book because the plot featured the villain transporting a nuke via the Potomac River. Apparently, this hadn’t been considered in law enforcement circles.

The Last Man

In The Last Man, Vince touched on how dangerous America’s pull back in Afghanistan could be. He talked about green-on-blue violence and how allies can become enemies when the drawdown begins. While there had been only a few instances of this in Afghanistan prior to Vince’s book, the violence ramped up after publication. He managed to connect the dots early on, paralleling stories that later dominated headlines. 

In the book, Vince also wrote about a high-ranking military official having an illicit affair with a woman at the State Department. The Last Man had barely hit shelves when the General Petraeus scandal broke.  

Like Vince, I’ve made what I hoped were just educated guesses, only to find them coming to life in the real world. Here are a few of my more interesting predictions…

The Survivor

The old saying “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” is a myth. This proverb kept running through my mind as I wrote The Survivor and explored America finally facing the much-ignored fact that the money we give Pakistan often ends up in the pockets of terrorists.

Now, a few years after the book’s release, the US government has publicly acknowledged the situation and significantly dialed back military aid to the country. As was laid out in The Survivor, it’s a dangerous game of nuclear-armed chicken. 

Sphere of Influence

Five days after I turned in my manuscript for Sphere of Influence, the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers were attacked. My horror was amplified by the fact that the book I’d just written was about al-Qaeda—a relatively unknown terrorist organization at that time—carrying out a very similar terrorist act.

With our country in chaos, the storyline hit way too close to home and my editor considered the book unpublishable. I found myself scrambling to rewrite the storyline in a way that would obscure the similarities to 9/11. 

It turns out that devising these kinds of ripped-from-the-headlines scenarios is an exciting game right up to the moment it’s not. We all pray that our plots stay where they belong—tucked safely between book covers.

If you’re not following Kyle, connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, or his website

Kyle Mills Talks About Writing Rapp, Enemy of the State and More!

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We have a round-up of Kyle's favorite 2017 interviews to catch you up on all things Mitch Rapp. 

Kyle touches on a wide range of topics from what it's like to inhabit Rapp and continue his story for millions of fans to where Mitch, Scott, Irene and the rest of the team are heading.

1. The Real Book Spy
If you haven’t discovered Ryan Steck’s thriller website, you’re missing out. Ryan’s encyclopedic knowledge of the genre gives readers all the intel they need to stay current on the hottest titles. Here’s my latest interview with him and his review of Enemy of the State. 

2. The Big Thrill
The Big Thrill is the magazine produced by International Thriller Writers, and their monthly emails are a fantastic place to discover new titles and authors. Here’s my interview with Alison McMahan.

3. Not Boring Book Show Podcast
Here’s the conversation I had with longtime Vince Flynn fans Angela Halgrimson and Stacy Verdick Case on this Minnesota podcast’s 1-year anniversary. 

4. Glenn Beck, Blaze Radio Network
No introduction needed here, Glenn’s a legend in the radio world. "Mitch Rapp is one of the best characters in fiction now,” he says. We talk about this and much more.

5. National Review Online
I spent some time with John J. Miller on the Ricochet podcast as he dove into Mitch Rapp and the American Assassin movie.

6. Elise Cooper Interview and Review
Elise published her Enemy of the State review and her interview with me in a variety of places. Here are two of them: Crimespree Magazine and the Strand Magazine.

7. Author Stories Podcast
I really enjoyed my interview with writer and host, Hank Garner. Hank can introduce you to both traditionally published and indie authors who write in a wide variety of styles. 

8. WCBS Author Talks Podcast
Scroll down to the August 30 podcast, Chapter 30. We talk about what it was like to take over for Vince Flynn.

9. Ideation Collective’s Innovation and Leadership Podcast
A business podcast is not my usual venue but I’m so glad I got an opportunity to talk to Jess Larsen. He’s interviewed an impressive group of people—both from the business and creative world—and I’m happy to be one of them. Scroll down for Parts 1 and 2.

10. Rogue Women Writers Blog
Check out this fun site run by Gayle Lynds, Karna Bodman, Jamie Freveletti, and several other successful thriller writers. In my guest post, I talk about recreating another author’s characters.

If you’re not following Kyle, connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, or his website

Kyle Mills Signs New Three-Book Deal With Emily Bestler Books

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“I’m bouncing off the walls!” said Mills when asked how excited he was to get this book deal done. “I’ve had so much fun writing the series, getting to know the fans, and spending time with the characters. It was hard for me to imagine leaving it all behind.”

“Kyle has succeeded beyond our wildest dreams at carrying Vince’s vision forward,” said Emily Bestler, Senior Vice President, Editor-in-Chief of Emily Bestler Books/Atria. “From the beginning, Mitch Rapp fans have embraced Kyle and are celebrating that the franchise is in such great hands.” 

Read the article

 

A NOTE FROM LYSA FLYNN

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This week has been such a joy for me and my family. The reaction to the teaser trailer of AMERICAN ASSASSIN has been so nice to see and I couldn’t agree more with the thousands of positive email messages, facebook posts and tweets that I’ve managed to see. I also couldn’t be more impressed by the way CBS Films, Lionsgate, the cast and crew worked tirelessly and respectfully to get us to the exciting point that we have reached. 

As Vince always said, when you sell off the rights to your books and characters you have to hope and pray that you’ve chosen the right partners to take on the project because the author loses all control. I truly believe Vince would be quite proud of the decision he made. There will always be differences between movies and the books that their based on—a  few of my friends have asked me specifically about how the book AMERICAN ASSASSIN takes place in the 80’s and 90’s while its clear in the trailer that the movie version takes place in modern times. It was explained to me that that decision was made in order to allow future Mitch Rapp movies to pull from current US enemies and adversaries to give them a ‘ripped from the headline’ feeling. As Kyle Mills, the man who has continued to write the Mitch Rapp books, has pointed out, Vince never had the chance to write about ISIS. They didn’t exist yet. The threats change and the studios wanted to keep the stories current. 

But even with all that, I was heartened after spending time on the set and talking to many of the actors, actresses, producers and director Michael Cuesta that they took this very seriously and had Vince on their mind the whole way through.

In London, I spent time with Michael Keaton, who is playing Stan Hurley. We sat for an hour and he mostly asked me all about Vince, taking in as much information as possible. I also had such a sweet moment with Dylan O’Brien, who is our Mitch Rapp. He told me, with hand over heart, how honored he was to be playing Mitch Rapp and how important it was to him to do the role justice. He could not have been more genuine. 

When this movie comes out in September, it will be the culmination of all Vince’s dreams. He only wanted these movies to finally be made. And he wanted them in order to introduce a wider audience to Mitch Rapp and to draw more people to his books so more people were able to understand the kind of person who Vince considered a hero and who Vince considered a patriot and to spread the hope and feeling that good always outlasts evil.  I only wish he were here to take the bow he truly deserves. 
 

MITCH RAPP#16 IS COMPLETE!

Stay tuned for updates, including the title, cover art, free preview, giveaways and publication date.

Mitch Rapp returns in the #1 New York Times bestselling series in this timely thriller as a Saudi prince is discovered using his fortunes to fund ISIS, re-opening secrets about the Saudi government’s involvement in 9/11—secrets which the United States tried to bury.

In the latest novel, Mitch Rapp is given a dangerous mission by the President himself: find out which high-level Saudis are involved in funneling money to ISIS and kill them. The catch? Rapp will get no support from the United States in this endeavor.

Rapp therefore makes a decision that will change his life forever—he quits the CIA to avoid involving his men in something this illegal and decides to assemble a group of independent assassins to complete the mission. What they discover is a tangled web of allegiances leading back to the head of Saudi intelligence. But in the search for truth and justice, Rapp himself is discovered. Soon the Saudis and Americans are forming a joint task force to stop him, supported by the President, who denies his involvement, just as he warned he would if Rapp’s actions became known. Will this mission prove to be Rapp’s final one?

SANAA LATHAN AND SHIVA NEGAR JOIN DYLAN O’BRIEN, MICHAEL KEATON AND TAYLOR KITSCH IN AMERICAN ASSASSIN

CBS Films and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) announced today that Sanaa Lathan (The Perfect Guy, Now You See Me 2) and Shiva Negar (Four In The Morning, The Art Of More) are joining Dylan O’Brien (Deepwater Horizon, The Maze Runner), Academy Award®-nominee Michael Keaton (Birdman, Spotlight) and Taylor Kitsch (Lone Survivor, True Detective) in the adaptation of Vince Flynn’s massive bestseller AMERICAN ASSASSIN.  Acclaimed filmmaker Michael Cuesta (Kill The Messenger, Homeland, L.I.E.) will direct the thriller from a screenplay by Stephen Schiff (The Americans, Ultimate Rush).  Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, Deepwater Horizon, Salt) and Nick Wechsler (The Road, Magic Mike) are producing the film.

AMERICAN ASSASSIN follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton).  The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets.  Together the three discover a pattern in the violence leading them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent (Shiva Negar) to stop a mysterious operative (Taylor Kitsch) intent on starting a World War in the Middle East.
   
Published by Atria Books and in mass market paperback by Pocket Books, both imprints of Simon & Schuster, AMERICAN ASSASSIN is one of fifteen novels set in the world of counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp.  Every single one has been a New York Times bestseller, the three most recent entries have been number one New York Times bestsellers and the series has sold nearly twenty million copies to date.

“Vince Flynn created a universe populated by complex yet relatable characters who inspired millions of fans the world over,” said Cuesta. “To have an actress of Sanaa Lathan’s depth and intensity step into the role of Kennedy while simultaneously having the opportunity to introduce audiences to the extraordinary talent of Shiva Negar means that Flynn’s vision of powerful but believable individuals remains the foundation of AMERICAN ASSASSIN.”

Senior Vice President of Production Mark Ross and Vice President of Production Alex Ginno are overseeing the project for CBS Films.  AMERICAN ASSASSIN will be the latest release in the partnership between CBS Films and Lionsgate. The film will be co-financed by the two companies with CBS Films handling production and marketing and Lionsgate handling distribution.
 
Sanaa Lathan is represented by ICM.  Shiva Negar is represented by Matthew Seamons and Matt Floyd at Crimson Media and Ryan Goldhar at The Characters.  Like CBS Films, Simon & Schuster is a division of CBS Corporation.  The studio’s latest release, the acclaimed action thriller Hell Or High Water is currently in theaters.

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ABOUT CBS FILMS
CBS Films is a division of CBS Corporation. The division develops, finances, acquires, produces and releases theatrical feature films spanning all genres.  For more information, log on to www.cbsfilms.com.

ABOUT LIONSGATE
Lionsgate is a premier next generation global content leader with a diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, international distribution and sales, branded channel platforms, interactive ventures and games, and location-based entertainment.  The Company has nearly 80 television shows on 40 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses. These include the ground-breaking hit series Orange is the New Black, the fan favorite series Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show, the hit drama series The Royals, the Golden Globe-nominated dramedy Casual and the breakout success Greenleaf.
 
The Company's feature film business spans eight labels and includes the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, the Now You See Me, Divergent and John Wick series, Sicario, Nerve, The Age of Adaline, Roadside Attractions' Love & Mercy and Mr. Holmes, Codeblack Films' Addicted and breakout concert film Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain and Pantelion Films' Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.
 
Lionsgate's home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as a foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. www.lionsgate.com.

TAYLOR KITSCH JOINS DYLAN O’BRIEN AND MICHAEL KEATON IN AMERICAN ASSASSIN

CBS Films and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) announced today that Taylor Kitsch (Lone Survivor, True Detective) is joining Dylan O’Brien (Deepwater Horizon, The Maze Runner) and Academy Award®-nominee Michael Keaton (Birdman, Spotlight) in the adaptation of Vince Flynn’s massive bestseller AMERICAN ASSASSIN.  Acclaimed filmmaker Michael Cuesta (Kill The Messenger, Homeland, L.I.E.) will direct the thriller from a screenplay by Stephen Schiff (The Americans, Ultimate Rush).  Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, Deepwater Horizon, Red) and Nick Wechsler (The Road, Magic Mike) are producing the film.

AMERICAN ASSASSSIN follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton).  The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets.  Together the three discover a pattern in the violence leading them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent to stop Ghost (Taylor Kitsch), a mysterious operative intent on starting a World War in the Middle East.

Published by Atria Books and in mass market paperback by Pocket Books, both imprints of Simon & Schuster, AMERICAN ASSASSIN is one of fifteen novels set in the world of counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp.  Every single one has been a New York Times bestseller, the three most recent entries have been number one New York Times bestsellers and the series has sold nearly twenty million copies to date.

“For more than a decade Vince Flynn drew praise from the intelligence community for bringing his millions of readers into an intricately constructed world that refuted many of the tired Hollywood clichés about the clandestine services,” said Cuesta. “Authentically realizing that world means bringing together an extraordinary cast and letting them portray characters that defy audience preconceptions.  We are incredibly fortunate to have an actor of Taylor’s talent joining Michael and Dylan and I believe that together this team will deliver the riveting realization of AMERICAN ASSASSIN that Flynn’s fans have always wanted.”

Senior Vice President of Production Mark Ross and Vice President of Production Alex Ginno are overseeing the project for CBS Films.  AMERICAN ASSASSIN will be the latest release in the partnership between CBS Films and Lionsgate. The film will be co-financed by the two companies with CBS Films handling production and marketing and Lionsgate handling distribution.
 
Taylor Kitsch is represented by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.  Like CBS Films, Simon & Schuster is a division of CBS Corporation.  The studio’s latest release, the acclaimed action thriller Hell Or High Water is currently in theaters.

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ABOUT CBS FILMS
CBS Films is a division of CBS Corporation. The division develops, finances, acquires, produces and releases theatrical feature films spanning all genres.  For more information, log on to www.cbsfilms.com.

ABOUT LIONSGATE
Lionsgate is a premier next generation global content leader with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms, video games and international distribution and sales. The Company has nearly 80 television shows on 40 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses.  These include the critically-acclaimed hit series Orange is the New Black, the multiple Emmy Award-winning drama Mad Men, the hit broadcast network series Nashville, the syndication successes The Wendy Williams Show and Celebrity Name Game (with FremantleMedia), the breakout series The Royals and the Golden Globe-nominated dramedy Casual.
Its feature film business has been fueled by such successes as the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, the first two installments of the Divergent franchise,Sicario, The Age of Adaline, CBS/Lionsgate's The DUFF, John Wick, Now You See Me, Roadside Attractions' Love & Mercy and Mr. Holmes, Lionsgate/Codeblack Films' Addicted and Pantelion Films' Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.
Lionsgate's home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. www.lionsgate.com

MICHAEL KEATON TO PLAY STAN HURLEY IN AMERICAN ASSASSIN

CBS Films and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) announced that Academy Award®-nominee Michael Keaton (Birdman, Spotlight) will star in the adaptation of Vince Flynn’s massive bestseller AMERICAN ASSASSIN.  Acclaimed filmmaker Michael Cuesta (Kill The Messenger, Homeland, L.I.E.) will direct the thriller from a screenplay by Stephen Schiff (The Americans, Ultimate Rush).  Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, Deepwater Horizon, Red) and Nick Wechsler (The Road, Magic Mike) are producing the film.

Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Keaton) would be the most feared training officer in the CIA if more than a handful of people at the agency knew that he existed.  As AMERICAN ASSASSIN begins, Deputy Director Irene Kennedy tasks Hurley with training Mitch Rapp, a black ops recruit devastated by the loss of his fiancée to a terrorist attack.  As Rapp’s training progresses, the pair is dispatched on a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent to stop a mysterious operative from starting World War III in the Middle East.
   
Published by Atria Books and in mass market paperback by Pocket Books, both imprints of Simon & Schuster, AMERICAN ASSASSIN is one of fourteen novels set in the world of counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp.  Every single one has been a New York Times bestseller, the three most recent entries have been number one New York Times bestsellers and the series has sold nearly twenty million copies to date.

“Stan Hurley is one of the pillars of the Vince Flynn universe and a favorite character for millions of readers, so casting him was a daunting challenge,” said Cuesta, who continued. “To have an actor as intelligent and gifted as Michael Keaton bring this beloved character to life is a thrill for everyone involved in AMERICAN ASSASSIN and a cause for celebration amongst ‘Hurley’ fans the world over.”

AMERICAN ASSASSIN will be the latest release in the partnership between CBS Films and Lionsgate. The film will be co-financed by the two companies with CBS Films handling production and marketing and Lionsgate handling distribution.
 
Michael Keaton is represented by ICM Partners, Anonymous Content and Wendy Kirk at Ziffren Brittenham LLP.  The film will begin production this Summer.  Like CBS Films, Simon & Schuster is a division of CBS Corporation. 

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ABOUT CBS FILMS
CBS Films is a division of CBS Corporation. The division develops, finances, acquires, produces and releases theatrical feature films spanning all genres.  For more information, log on to www.cbsfilms.com.

ABOUT LIONSGATE
Lionsgate is a premier next generation global content leader with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms, video games and international distribution and sales. The Company has nearly 80 television shows on 40 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses.  These include the critically-acclaimed hit series Orange is the New Black, the multiple Emmy Award-winning drama Mad Men, the hit broadcast network series Nashville, the syndication successes The Wendy Williams Show and Celebrity Name Game (with FremantleMedia), the breakout series The Royals and the Golden Globe-nominated dramedy Casual.

Its feature film business has been fueled by such successes as the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, the first two installments of the Divergent franchise, Sicario, The Age of Adaline, CBS/Lionsgate's The DUFF, John Wick, Now You See Me, Roadside Attractions' Love & Mercy and Mr. Holmes, Lionsgate/Codeblack Films' Addicted and Pantelion Films' Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.

Lionsgate's home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.For more information, log on to www.lionsgate.com.

AMERICAN ASSASSIN MOVIE: CBS FILS ANNOUNCES WRITER AND DIRECTOR

CBS Films, which owns the movie rights to Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series, announced today that Michael Cuesta, who has directed and produced television series including Six Feet Under, Dexter, Blue Bloods and Homeland, will direct the film adaptation of American Assassin.  Stephen Schiff, who has served as a writer and producer on the acclaimed FX television series The Americans, and whose screenplays include Lolita, True Crime, and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, will develop the screenplay. 

The film will begin shooting later this year.

Updates on casting will be sent as soon as they are available.

A NOTE FROM KYLE MILLS


Before I start the introductions, I want to thank Vince’s readers, friends, and relatives for all the wonderful emails.  I was prepared for some uncertainty from diehard fans but all I’ve received are well-wishes and enthusiasm.  I really appreciate people taking the time to make me feel like one of the family.

So, a bit about me…

My career has had a lot of strange parallels to Vince’s.  We both published our first books in 1997 and both were lucky enough to get positive reactions from thriller fans.  We’re both fascinated with the dark side of politics and both well connected to the intelligence community.  Vince was even nice enough to give me a terrific quote for the jacket of one of my books. 

Even Mitch and I share a little history.  If you recall, he joined the CIA in reaction to the love of his life dying in Pan Am 103.  My father was the FBI’s lead man in the investigation of that terrorist attack. In fact, it happened during my college graduation dinner in London where he was stationed at the time.  His assistant came to the restaurant and told him that a plane had gone down in a small Scottish town.  That was the last I saw of him for months.

I regret having only met Vince briefly.  Many years ago, Brad Thor tried to put together a weekend at his place in Utah for the three of us and Brad Meltzer but at the time everyone was having kids and struggling with workload. It’s so easy when you’re young to believe you have all the time in the world.

I’ve published twelve thrillers over my career, spanning a wide variety of subject matters and styles. They started with an FBI agent character who appeared in five novels and then branched out into everything from military-oriented plots, to threats revolving around cutting-edge science, to corporate intrigue. 

My goal with The Survivor is to stick very closely to Vince’s style and to try to capture Mitch exactly as he did.  I’m lucky that The Last Man included a lot of clues as to where Mitch’s story would go next.  The hope is to create a book that even lifelong fans will have a hard time differentiating from the rest of the series. Not an easy task, but I’m working hard to get as close as I can.

Right now I’m in the middle of a website update that will add a page dedicated to Vince’s readers but, in the meantime, I’ve had a lot of people ask me which of my books are the most Flynn-like. If you’re interested in getting a feel for my style, I’d suggest picking up The Ares Decision or Fade.  

Finally, I always love to hear from readers, so if you want to get in touch, go to the contact page at kylemills.com and shoot me an email. Feel free to ask me questions too, either through my website or this website and I’ll post some of the answers in future editions of this newsletter.

Once again, thanks for all the encouragement.

Kyle


 

VINCE FLYNN'S MITCH RAPP SERIES WILL CONTINUE; THE SURVIVOR TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR 2015

The Vince Flynn Estate, along with Emily Bestler, Senior VP and Editor-in-Chief of Emily Bestler Books are excited to announce the decision to continue the Mitch Rapp series.
 
Bestler, who was Vince Flynn's only editor throughout his entire career and whose imprint is a division of Simon & Schuster's Atria Books, signed a three book deal with 47-year-old New York Times bestselling author Kyle Mills.
 
Mills was first published in 1997 and has penned 13 thrillers, most notably Fade and The Ares Decision.
 
Mills will complete The Survivor, the book Flynn was writing at the time of his death on June 19, 2013, and then write two additional Mitch Rapp novels. The Survivor is tentatively scheduled to release in the fall of 2015.
 
"I'm really honored to have been asked to continue the Mitch Rapp series," Mills said, "Vince was a great guy who helped me out in my career and as a diehard Rapp fan, I know how devastated his readers are.  They're big shoes to fill, but I'm looking forward to the challenge of continuing an iconic thriller character."
 
"Vince and Mitch Rapp are so beloved by readers," Bestler said, "It's wonderful that we've found just the right partner to uphold the legacy of both."
 
"To Vince's wonderful fans, thank you for your love, support and patience, " Vince's widow, Lysa Flynn said, " Vince was very proud of his team and we are confident that Kyle Mills will be a great addition. God bless and keep the faith!"
 
Pocket Books will be the paperback publisher of all three books, which will also be available from Simon & Schuster Audio and from Simon & Schuster UK in the UK, Australia, India and New Zealand.   

STATEMENT ON VINCE FLYNN'S, THE SURVIVIOR


Dear Readers,
 
First, let me thank you on behalf of everyone here at Simon & Schuster for all of your wonderful, heart-felt and heartwarming notes of condolence concerning Vince’s death last month. They will all be shared with his family and I know they will be touched. 

I also want to keep you fully informed about the status of Vince’s unpublished work as he would most certainly want you to have this information.

The Survivor, Vince Flynn’s planned release this fall, is being postponed indefinitely. Vince had not yet completed the manuscript at the time of his passing last month. The reason it is “postponed indefinitely” as opposed to “canceled” is because it is too soon to know how much of the book was written or if Vince had plans or provisions in place in the event that he could not complete the book. As for Vince’s collaboration with Brian Haig, while it is still available for preorder, for the same reasons above, we ask for your patience concerning its publication.

We will absolutely keep you updated and again, many, many thanks for standing by Vince not only through the best parts of his life but through the hardest.
Best,

Emily Bestler
Senior Vice President, Editor-In-Chief
Emily Bestler Books, an imprint of
Atria Books at Simon & Schuster

VINCE FLYNN, INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR, DIES AT 47


NEW YORK, JUNE 19, 2013-Vince Flynn, the bestselling author of the Mitch Rapp thriller series died early this morning after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 47. 

The fifth of seven children, Vince Flynn was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, on April 6, 1966. He graduated from the Saint Thomas Academy in 1984, and the University of St. Thomas with a degree in economics in 1988.

After college he went to work for Kraft General Foods where he was an account and sales marketing specialist.

In 1990 Vince Flynn left Kraft to accept an aviation candidate slot with the United States Marine Corps. However, one week before leaving for Officers Candidate School, he was medically disqualified from the Marine Aviation Program, due to several concussions and convulsive seizures he suffered as a child following a car accident.  While trying to obtain a medical waiver for his condition, he started thinking about writing a book, an unusual choice for Flynn since he had been diagnosed with dyslexia in grade school and had struggled with reading and writing all his life.

Having been turned down by the Marine Corps, Flynn returned to the work force and took a job with United Properties, a commercial real estate company in the Twin Cities. During his spare time he worked on an idea he had for a book. After two years with United Properties he decided to devote himself full time to writing: he quit his job, moved to Colorado, and began working full time on what would eventually become his first novel, Term Limits.

While writing Term Limits, Flynn supported himself by bartending at night. After five years and more than sixty rejection letters, he decided to self-publish, which was not as common at that time as it is today.   Term Limits went to number one in the Twin Cities area, and within a week Flynn had an agent and garnered a two-book deal with Emily Bestler of Pocket Books, a Simon & Schuster imprint.

First Published by Pocket Books in 1997, Term Limits was a New York Times bestseller in paperback. Since then, his books became perennial bestsellers in hardcover, paperback, and electronic editions, and since the publication of Protect and Defend in 2007, have regularly been #1 New York Times bestsellers.  Flynn’s novels have been praised for their extensive research and prescient warnings about the rise of Islamic Radical Fundamentalism and terrorism. His books have been read by current and former presidents, foreign heads of state, and intelligence professionals around the world, and are admired for their verisimilitude and imagination: one high-ranking CIA official told his staff, “I want you to read Flynn's books and start thinking about how we can more effectively wage this war on terror.”

Works by Flynn include American Assassin, Kill Shot, Transfer of Power, The Third Option, Separation of Power, Executive Power, Memorial Day, Consent to Kill, Act of Treason, Extreme Measures, Pursuit of Honor, The Last Man and Term Limits (not part of the Mitch Rapp series).  Motion picture rights to Flynn’s character Mitch Rapp have been optioned by CBS Films with the intention of making a character-based, action-thriller movie franchise. 

“It has been our distinct honor to publish Vince Flynn for the entire length of his career,” said Carolyn Reidy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Simon & Schuster, Inc.  “As good as Vince was on the page - and he gave millions of readers countless hours of pleasure - he was even more engaging in person.   He had a truly unique ability to make everyone - from those of us at Simon & Schuster who were fortunate to be part of his publication, to booksellers and retailers around the nation, and most of all, his readers, with whom he had a very close relationship - feel as if we were on his team and sharing in his life and his success. Yes, we will miss the Mitch Rapp stories that are classic modern thrillers, but we will miss Vince even more.” 

Vince Flynn is survived by his wife Lysa Flynn, and three children.

Bibliography
Term Limits (1997) 
Transfer of Power (1999)
The Third Option (2000) 
Separation of Power (2001)
Executive Power (2003)
Memorial Day (2004) 
Consent to Kill (2005) 
Act of Treason (2006) 
Protect and Defend (2007) 
Extreme Measures (2008) 
Pursuit of Honor (2009) 
American Assassin (2010) 
Kill Shot (2012) 
The Last Man (2012)