by John B. Campbell;
1. THE SHARP END
An American joins the fighting in the Rhodesian terror war of the 1970s. Based on the writer’s actual experience in the anti-terrorist unit of the Rhodesian police on the Mozambique border. Written in 1975, Steve McQueen asked Clint Eastwood to direct him in this project. Eastwood was unable to do so. McQueen then decided to stop making movies for an extended period.
2. APACHE RIDGE
An independent oil company hires a troubleshooter to halt mysterious acts of sabotage. A phony eco-group calling itself “The Friends of the Apache” prevents the company from drilling on its own lease at Apache Ridge, New Mexico, which promises to be a major discovery. The troubleshooter elects to drill a secret, outlaw wildcat well with a camouflaged rig. The owner’s strong-minded daughter persuades him to hunt down the gangsters who don’t want another Spindletop. Written in 1981 for Tom Selleck.
The American Experiment has broken down. The country is into its second year of its Second Civil War. The US Marines have joined forces with the civilian resistance to take on the US Army. A junta has taken over the White House and hatches a plan to capture the elusive man who started the resistance movement, King Ryder, who is conducting his own campaign against terror. A beautiful and arrogant television news reporter is enlisted to find him and – unbeknownst to her – destroy him. She gets more than she bargained for. Written in 1983 for Tom Selleck.
A successful oil well fire fighter, on a hunting trip with his father-in-law, runs afoul of a new totalitarian government agency and is faced with the disappearance of his wife and small children. He enlists the help of some very hard and desperate men to find them, while being hunted himself by the deranged chief of the agency. Solicited in 1994 by Joel Silver Pictures, which accepted it for production, only to drop it due to the massacre at Oklahoma City a few months later. Silver Pictures spun it into a 2000 TV miniseries called “Freedom.”
5. PICKUP MAN
The celebrity son of a middle-aged rodeo cowboy goes to Iraq on a goodwill mission to cheer up the troops, against the wishes of his worried parents. He is captured by terrorists and faces decapitation if certain demands are not met by the USA, which gives no help in setting him free. The parents must take matters into their own hands to rescue their doomed son. Written for Tom Selleck in 2006.
6. COLONEL HARRY
Harry Swain is a hustler with a heart of gold, a down-on-his-luck Oklahoma cowboy and crop duster who dreams of playing high-goal polo. He is shot at by pot growers while spraying weed killer and is then ordered to fly a drug plane from South America. He pulls a fast one on the gangsters and skips the country, only to land in Latin high society and his polo paradise. The gangsters, however, know exactly where he is, and intend to get even. Written in 2008 for Tommy Lee Jones.