STAMPEDE VENTURES OPTIONS FILM RIGHTS TO THE LUCKIEST MAN: LIFE WITH JOHN MCCAIN FOR CRAIG TURK TO PRODUCE AND ADAPT WITH MARK SALTER
Stampede Ventures announced today they have optioned the rights toÂ The Luckiest Man: Life with John McCain, the deeply personal remembrance of the late Senator John McCain, written by one of McCainâs most trusted political advisors and confidants, Mark Salter. Emmy-nominated television writer-producer Craig Turk (FBI, The Good Wife, The Code) â who was also Chief Legal Counsel to McCainâs 2000 presidential campaign â will write the script with Salter.
TheÂ filmÂ will be produced by Craig Turk andÂ Greg SilvermanÂ under hisÂ Stampede Ventures banner. Cindy McCain will executive produce.
âIt has been a long time wish of mine to collaborate with the brilliant Craig Turk, and it seems more fitting than ever that we tell the story of one of Americaâs greatest public servants and believers in our democratic system,â said Greg Silverman, Founder/CEO of Stampede Ventures. âIt is Stampede Venturesâ honor to celebrate the valor and character of John McCain, working with his family and loved ones to produce this inspiring American story.â
Along withÂ The Luckiest Man, Stampede has also optioned two other books by McCain and Salter: New York Times bestsellersÂ Faith of My FathersÂ andÂ Worth The Fighting For. With the support of Cindy McCain and her family, the film will be the first and most comprehensive depiction of McCainâs life on screen.
âJohnâs story is one of incredible heroism, of serving causes greater than his own self-interest,â said Cindy McCain. âThere is no better time to tell it. Iâm excited to share his life and legacy, and know this film will be a tremendous inspiration to people all over the world.â
âWorking for John McCain was one of the great honors of my professional life,â said writer, Craig Turk. âHaving the opportunity to bring his life to the screen â and to do it with people I admire as much as Greg, Mark, and Cindy â is an incredible privilege.â
âIâve been helping to tell John McCainâs story for three decades,â said Mark Salter. âIt will be a special privilege to work with Craig, Greg and the McCain family to tell it in film.â