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Old 06-16-2004, 01:59 PM   #1
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Default "Cloning Christ" movie scam

I just found out that this whole movie set up was a scam by the author to try and sell more books:

Title: Cloning Christ
Log Line: A genetic scientist discovers what may be the True Cross in Jerusalem and is thrust into a deadly game of cat and mouse when dark forces want him dead.
Writer: Brad Weller
Agent: n/a
Buyer: Orion Publishing & Media
Price: n/a
Genre: Thriller
Logged: 3/2/03
More: Based on the novel by Peter Senese and Robert Geis. Brad Weller and Peter Senese will produce.

In an article in the JUNE 22nd issue of "Christian Retailing" magazine they reported that the author, Peter Senese, had been duping bookstores "including Borders) by telling them that he was the cousin of actor Gary Sinise and that he was in preproduction for a $100 million movie version of the book to star John Malkovich and Viggo Mortensen.
The author set up several book signings and promised to appear along with the actors, but they were a no show.
The production company, Orion Publishing & Media, is actually the authors own production company. So he basically sold himself the rights to his own novel then started issuing press releases in order to get himself some exposure and go on a book signing tour.
Spokespersons from each actor say they have never heard of this guy or his movie.

So does this kind of stuff happen a lot? People making fake movie deals to try and push the book and/or other projects?
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