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Film Option Signed for James Leasor's 'Green Beach'


Days before this weekend's 76th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid in WW2,
when 5,000 Canadians, 1,000 British troops, and 50 United States Army
Rangers stormed ashore in Northern France an option has been signed to
make a film of one of the most amazing aspects of the raid, when a man
went into action knowing he would be killed by his own side if he
appeared likely to be captured. The motion picture rights to James
Leasor's Green Beach have been purchased by Jason Delaney, the
well-regarded Vancouver-based screenwriter with several produced films
to his credit.

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Green Beach tells the story of one man's amazing heroism,
on a day of many heroes. RAF radar expert Jack Nissenthall, son of
Jewish refugees from Germany, volunteered for a suicidal mission to
penetrate a German radar station perched above "Green Beach". Knowing
the secrets of Allied radar technology, he could not fall into Nazi
hands. Bodyguards from the South Saskatchewan Regiment had orders to
protect him, or kill him in the event of possible capture. What happened
to him and his twelve bodyguards in nine hours under fire is one of
WW2's most terrifying true stories of personal heroism. Only he and a
single guard made it back to Britain.

When Green Beach was first published in 1975 the media described
it as "blowing the lid off one of the Second World War's best-kept
secrets". It was one of the bestselling books that year.

Stuart Leasor, publisher of James Leasor's works, said, "Jason saw the
potential in the book immediately, and over the course of a few months
we've hammered out a deal. James Leasor was one of the bestselling
British authors of the 20th Century. Books made into major
films including: The Sea Wolves, The One that Got Away and Where
the Spies Are.
We are delighted at the considerable renewed interest
in his works and expect to announce further film options shortly."

Jason Delaney added, "All of James Leasor's books have a rich visual
quality in their descriptive prose — I'm really excited to be able to
adapt Green Beach. I have already encountered substantial external
interest in the project."

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