Movie adaptations of two of Mark’s books are currently in pre-production by Hollywood:
CASTLE OF THE EAGLES
Castle of the Eagles, a thrilling escape adventure set in Italy during World War II, has been optioned to Hollywood film company Entertainment One and is in pre-production.
Producing for eOne and Moonriver Content is Xavier Marchand, who’s credits include Spotlight (Academy Award Best Picture 2016), Eye in the Sky with Helen Mirren, Suite Francaise with Michelle Williams & Kristin Scott Thomas, and The Woman in Black with Daniel Radcliffe.
Also producing is Brad Luff, who’s credits include upcoming US tv show Siren, and movies such as Extinction with Matthew Fox and Parker with Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez.
Writing the screenplay is one of Britain’s most respected scriptwriters, Jeff Pope. His amazing credits include Cilla with Sheridan Smith, and the movies Philomena with Judi Dench & Steve Coogan (Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations shared with Steve Coogan) and Pierrepoint with Timothy Spall. He has also won three BAFTA awards.
Mark’s hit book Zero Night: The Untold Story of World War Two’s Most Daring Great Escape has also been optioned to Hollywood.
Essential Media is currently developing the movie adaptation, produced by Simonne Overend and Ian Collie (who produced Saving Mr. Banks with Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson), and screenplay by Yolanda Ramke (director of Cargo starring Martin Freeman). Mark has been acting as historical advisor during development. The option has been renewed, with the project currently in pre-production.
Mark often appears as an expert in major television documentaries and is much sought after as an authority in many areas of military history.
Mad Science: Nazi Killer Bugs (2015)
Evolution of Evil (2015)
A 10-part American Heroes Channel docuseries that traces the personal trajectories of 10 notorious world leaders. Mark discusses the rise and fall of Japan’s infamous wartime leader General Hideki Tojo in Episode 4: Tojo: Japan’s Razor of Fear.
Trains have played a crucial role in the war effort in the major conflicts of the past 150 years. These trains were a vital cog in the military machine from carrying troops, to moving hospitals, to being transformed into actual weapons.
In this compelling 8-part History Channel series, the stories of these incredible trains is told. Combining expert interviews, authentic reconstruction, engineering graphics and archive, highlighting the extraordinary human stories alongside the engineering detail and military perspective. Mark appears Series 1 – Episode 1: Nazi Railways
Top Tens of Warfare, a new 10-part Discovery Quest documentary series, uses archive footage straight from the battlefield to identify and rank the iconic features of war and explain how technology has advanced through to modern-day conflicts.
Mark appears in the following episodes:
New series presented by Dr. Sam Willis for National Geographic. Mark helps Sam discover more about diabolical Japanese plans to bomb the US with plague and other nasties in Episode 6: Secret Flea Bomb.
LA BÊTE D’ACIER (2017)
A French documentary for RMC Decouverte on Hitler’s train called “La Bete D’Acier or The Beast of Steel“, directed by famous French filmmaker Daniel Ablin. The Beast of Steel
Three Minutes of Mayhem (2015)
Zero Night has been the subject of an excellent BBC Radio documentary. Listen here: Three Minutes of Mayhem
The Film Programme (2016)
An in depth interview about the process of writing Castle of the Eagles is available on Colne Radio. The Film Programme