Ehren Kruger Adapting Boston Teran's God Is a Bullet
by Alex Billington
September 14, 2008
Veteran screenwriter Ehren Kruger will write an adaptation of Boston Teran's thriller "God Is a Bullet". The story follows the journey of a California lawman forced to go undercover to rescue his daughter from the ruthless gang of criminals who've abducted her. Kruger will produce as well and is hoping to sell the film as a package deal to a studio that's interested. The rights were picked up by executive producer Bradley Bell for a mid-six figure deal. Kruger's latest work includes the script for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen as well as David Fincher's Torso, which shows that he's quite a prominent Hollywood writer.
Strung-out on junk and tattooed with the dates of helter-skelter-style deaths they've caused, the kids who walk "The Left-Handed Path" talk Satanic talk and spread terror through the very Christian Southern California town of Clay. This tautly paced and harrowing debut thriller begins with the cult's murder of desk cop Bob Hightower's ex-wife and her husband, and the kidnapping of his 14-year-old daughter, Gabi. Desperate and driven, Hightower takes a leave of absence to look for the abducted girl.
"God Is a Bullet" was published in 2002 and seems to be getting fairly positive reviews from those who have read it. It actually sounds like a rather interesting story worthy of being adapted and I'm curious to see how this develops, including whether Kruger might direct it since he just got his first gig directing an adaptation (that he wrote) of Jennifer Egan's "The Keep." I can't say that Kruger's past work, which includes Arlington Road, Scream 3, The Ring, and Blood and Chocolate, is all that impressive, but he must have found his calling because Transformers and Torso aren't exactly throwaway jobs. Thoughts?