50 Cent Turns Book into Film

May 2009



BlackNews.com - What does the recent police shootings in New York City of victims like Sean Bell have to do with the urban novel Officer Down by Mo Shines and 50 Cent’s Cheetah Vision Films?

Officer Down recently caught the eye of 50 Cent in a chance meeting a few weeks ago. Shines says, "Once 50 read it, there was no way he could deny it. Officer Down is the perfect fit for Cheetah Vision Films or G-Unit Books. Plus, I feel 50 is the only dude with enough balls to produce a film dealing with real issues taking place in the hood." But the hungry self-published author refuses to sit around waiting for a book deal. "I gotta do it independently until I find a publisher that believes in my vision. Time waits for no man."

Officer Down is the story of a scorned mother hell-bent on bloody vengeance. In a tumultuous time when the NYPD was involved in the deaths of several young, black men, Faith Green's world is shattered when her son becomes yet another casualty. Enraged by the circumstances surrounding her son's death, she takes the law into her own hands after the cops responsible get off with a slap on the wrist. With the help of her gun trafficking boyfriend and his disgruntled Marine brother, Faith exacts her revenge by knocking off the cops one by one, leaving the entire city on edge.

Mo Shines' writing derives from the harsh and grim realities he was exposed to growing up. Shines says Officer Down was inspired "by all the minorities gunned down by the police--Eleanor Bumpers, Amadou Diallo, Patrick Dourisman, Sean Bell...any of them could've been me. Writing this book also helped me release the anger and frustration I felt as a black man. Growing up in the hood, I've stared down the barrels of quite a few overzealous cops."

The author wants to make his intentions clear, however. He doesn't want it to seem like he's endorsing violence against police officers. "In no way am I saying for people to go out and shoot cops. That would only make matters worse. Besides, there are a lot of good cops out there; but then there are the trigger-happy ones. They don't seem to value human life."

Shines states that the theme embedded in Officer Down is "...if you don't stand for something, you die for nothing. People can only take so much before finally striking back." Coupling a fast-paced, intense plot with a strong message, "Officer Down" reaches out to a diverse audience.

For more information about Officer Down, Grits & Butter Publishing, or to schedule an interview, please contact Jenny at (614) 707-2009 or MoShines2008@aol.com www.myspace.com/moshines2006


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