Two shows are currently in production on the Cooper case, and the staff of Adventure Books of Seattle are involved with both of them.
Minnow Films – A highly-rated documentary production company based in London (they’ve won a few BAFTA’s for their work) are already in the States doing a full-length feature film documentary on the Cooper case. They say they do not plan to favor any Cooper suspect over another. This writer is scheduled to appear in the film very soon.
Minnow production coordinator Anna Stephens asked me to recreate the poster boards I used in the 2015 YouTube video on Kenny Christiansen. I am very proud to appear in this documentary. I updated the information and pictures on the boards, to represent our latest information on the Cooper case.
Karga Seven – They are currently working on a four-hour television special on Cooper (presented over four evenings) that will premiere on the Travel Channel. The program is being produced out of their Los Angeles offices, and we know a bit less on them than we do about Minnow. Four hours is a lot of airtime to fill, so any premiere could be well into 2019. We don’t really know. However, they know that Adventure Books of Seattle is signed to the first-ever feature film on the Cooper case, one that plans to name Kenny Christiansen as Cooper, and as a matter of historical record. They asked us to provide what we could about all that, which we did, but we did have to hold back a few things due to the confidentiality agreement we signed for the feature film. So far, this writer is scheduled to do only one interview with them. However, it may go farther than that. This show probably won’t air for some time, since they are trying to shoot the equivalent of two full-length movies and get them edited into a single show.
The Feature Film on Kenny Christiansen as Cooper – Despite what you may have heard, it is moving forward. The production companies have decided the best approach is to hire a known screenwriter with a good track record in Hollywood to do the script. I have been told this is where a good chunk of the initial budget will go. I can’t tell readers much more than that, but I can offer a few details.
First, we have full cooperation from suspect Kenny Christiansen’s family, my co-author Skipp Porteous’ family, (Into The Blast – The True Story of D.B. Cooper) as well as the family of the alleged accomplice, Bernard Wayne Geestman. They also plan to name Special Agent John Jarvis as the witness who told three people that Kenny was the hijacker, and that is the reason the Cooper case was actually closed in 2016.
The production company told me last week that not only will shooting most certainly start in 2019, but they are fully prepared to pay Adventure Books for a third (and hopefully final) year on their option contract.
In any case, 2019 should be a good year for the Cooper case, and we love the BBC. We figure at some point…the Minnow Films production will end up there.
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