Best-selling thriller author Brad Thor claims that Hollywood stole the plot of one of the books by late thriller author Vince Flynn and used it for a couple of films.
“I was not happy when I saw two movies come out almost back to back: ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ and ‘White House Down,’” Thor said at a public interview last week at the Sixth & I Synagogue in Washington, D.C. “And that is Vince’s book ‘Transfer of Power.’”
Flynn, the New York Times best-selling author of 14 thrillers, died of cancer in June at just 47 years of age.
Thor made the comment when asked about whether any of his thrillers are slated to be turned into Hollywood films. (RELATED: Thor: ‘PRISM is one of the most benign things’ NSA is doing)
“This is the frustration a lot of writers have with Hollywood, a lot of thriller writers in particular,” he said. “It can take forever to get a project off the ground. So, anyway, we have a screenplay that has been written, but it’s there.”
Thor said he hoped that the recent spate of high-budget movie flops would help get his script made.
“Stephen Spielberg and George Lucas predicted not too long ago that there was going to be a radical reorganization in Hollywood because you were going to see four or five big budget movies absolutely flop,” he said.
“So ‘White House Down’ has not been doing well; ‘Lone Ranger’ has not been doing well. That’s really been surprising them. So people are wondering is this a transformative time in Hollywood where they going to have to figure out what works, what doesn’t work. So I’m hoping that we come out on the plus side of that, that they say, ‘What do we have already complete?’ And they can say, ‘Well, we’ve got that Thor script, and maybe instead of dragging our feet we should move it ahead.’”
Asked whom he would like to play his main character Scot Harvath, Thor said he Star Trek star Chris Pine would make a good choice.