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FROM PAUL BROWN


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IP Picks is a showcase for recommended book and longform intellectual properties suitable for option for your next TV, film, and podcast development projects.The focus is on unusual true stories with bold characters and cinematic arcs. The stories are from Paul Brown, a writer with a track record of optioned material.Reach out to the writer or rep for more information.Imagined movie posters are generated by Midjourney AI.

Death of an Angel

True crime

Death Of An Angel

Did a White Cop Kill A Black Guardian Angel?


The police shooting of a volunteer crime fighter ignites claims of a cover-up of a racially-motivated killing.A forgotten true crime story set in the mean streets of the 1980s with pertinent modern themes. 'Fruitvale Station' meets 'The Warriors'.WRITER Paul Brown | REP Richard Pike @ C&WLongform article

The Female Horse Thief

True historical drama

The Female Horse Thief


A young English heiress becomes a notorious American criminal after crossing the Atlantic in search of her exiled lover.An epic historical blockbuster with an extraordinary female protagonist. A one-woman 'Thelma and Louise' set in the era of 'The Revenant'. WRITER Paul Brown | REP Richard Pike @ C&WLongform article and expanded ebook

The Man Who Discovered The Loch Ness Monster

REAL LIFE MONSTER HUNTER

The Man Who Discovered The Loch Ness Monster


A fisherman's quiet life in a tiny Scottish village is turned upside down after he encounters a strange creature that newspapers christen the "Loch Ness Monster".The untold true story of the man who inadvertently created a legend. A small-town monster story. 'Jaws' meets 'Local Hero'.WRITER Paul Brown | REP Joe Lugo @ NarrativelyLongform article

The Ruhleben Football Association

True wartime sports drama

The Ruhleben Football Association

How Britain's Best Soccer Players Survived a First World War Prison Camp


A group of famous soccer players must play to survive inside a brutal First World War prison camp.A true wartime survival drama with bold characters. '1917' meets 'Escape to Victory'.WRITER Paul Brown | REP Richard Pike @ C&WBook (PDF available for consideration)

Sins Dyed in Blood

True pirate epic

Sins Dyed In Blood

The Lost Pirate of Blackbeard's Golden Age


A captured sailor must battle pirate hunters and his conscience after being forced to sail under the black flag by infamous pirate captain Blackbeard.A true historical drama with monstrous characters. 'Kidnapped' meets 'Pirates of the Caribbean'.WRITER Paul Brown | REP Richard Pike @ C&WLongform article and expanded ebook

The Bank Robbers Who Couldn't Shoot Straight

Transatlantic true crime

The Bank Robbers Who Couldn't Shoot Straight


A pair of self-styled American gangsters botch an armed robbery at a small British bank and must face off against brave bank staff and a market full of cleaver-wielding butchers.A blackly comic true crime story of wannabe Al Capones. 'Bonnie and Clyde' meets 'Dog Day Afternoon.'WRITER Paul Brown | REP Joe Lugo @ NarrativelyLongform article

The Lintz Green Station Murder

True crime murder mystery

The Lintz Green Station Murder


An isolated house near an abandoned railway line is the scene of one of Britain's most mysterious unsolved murders. Who killed stationmaster George Wilson?A British true-crime mystery from the era of Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes. 'Murder on the Orient Express' meets 'Knives Out'.WRITER Paul Brown | REP Richard Pike @ C&WLongform article also available as an ebook

The Mermaid Hunter Who Invented Football

Historical sports drama

The Mermaid Hunter Who Invented Football


An intrepid New York journalist, adventurer, and mermaid hunter negotiates 'Gangs of New York'-era Manhattan while reflecting on his past as the man who invented the rules of soccer.A true historical drama with an unsung and eccentric protagonist, and an untold sports origin story. 'The English Game' meets 'Gangs of New York'.WRITER Paul Brown | REP Richard Pike @ C&WLongform article

The Undercover Cricketers

Cozy British True Crime

The Undercover Cricketers


A dogged Scotland Yard detective must go undercover at a high-society English cricket club to catch a thief while also solving a series of other eccentric crimes in 1930s London.A cozy true-crime British period drama. 'Miss Marple' meets 'Downton Abbey'.WRITER Paul Brown | REP Richard Pike @ C&WLongform article

The Man Who Walked His Life Away

Historical sports / crime

The Man Who Walked His Life Away


Two hundred years ago, Britain's most famous sportsman is a jailed endurance walker who must survive a brutal prison and overcome physical injury to achieve a grueling sporting record.A true historical drama set in early 1800s England following a colorful protagonist on an obstacle-laden journey through the bizarre sport of pedestrianism, or competitive walking. 'Chariots of Fire' meets 'The Duellists'.WRITER Paul Brown | REP Richard Pike @ C&WLongform article

The Luger

Fiction: two-handed drama

The Luger


An old man is visited at his Amsterdam home by a devious salesman and must account for his illicit collection of Nazi memorabilia.A tense one-room two-hander with WWII flashback sequence. 'Schindler's List' meets 'Waiting for Godot'.WRITER Paul Brown | REP Richard Pike @ C&WShort story

Optioned

The Rocketbelt Caper

The Rocketbelt Caper

Optioned

FROM A BLOOD-RED SEA

FROM A BLOOD-RED SEA

Optioned

How Four Americans Robbed the Bank of England

How Four Americans Robbed the Bank of England

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Paul Brown


Paul Brown is a writer from England who specializes in unusual true stories with colourful characters and cinematic narratives. He is the author of The Rocketbelt Caper, From A Blood-Red Sea, and How Four Americans Robbed the Bank of England. Several of his properties have been optioned and set up with major movie studios, production companies, and streaming platforms. He has worked with Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks, Focus Features, eOne, Netflix, BBC, and more. IP Picks showcases his optionable work.

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