Frank Nappi and Lexicon Films announce the screen adaptation of Nappi’s fast-paced psychological thriller, Twisted Truth. Please check back for updates on production status, release date, etc.

Nicole Westbrook and her husband Chase have everything they could have dreamed of, including  illustrious careers, two loving children, and what appears to be a picture-perfect marriage. That is, until Chase’s suggestion to flirt with other people, and the relentless pursuit of Nicole’s stalker, triggers a series of events that exposes the reality of their seemingly perfect world, placing them and their lives in peril. Indeed, Chase’s suggestion drives Nicole unwittingly right into the hands of Dylan Rucker, a store owner whose past, unbeknownst to Nicole,  is inextricably linked to her’s through a staggering secret that is ultimately revealed.  Soon after meeting Nicole, Dylan  intensifies his threats before blackmailing the vulnerable Nicole into becoming the centerpiece of a twisted game. This bizarre contest forces Nicole to hide the truth from Chase, while she completes a series of tasks that are each designed to jeopardize and destroy the relationships in her life that she values most.

The film centers on Mickey Tussler (Luke Schroder), an 18-year-old from Indiana with Autism, who joins the semi-professional baseball team “the River Rats” after being discovered by Arthur Murphy (Dean Cain). At 18 Mickey has very severe autism. His speaking abilities are limited and he usually refers to himself in the third person. His parents plan to keep him working on the farm where he is safe from failures of school and camp.

Arthur Murphy (“Murph”) who sees Mickey pitching apples to his pig recognizes that the boy with a lot of potential as a pitcher. He convinces Molly to let Mickey come with him to be a part of the team. He pairs him with a teammate named Pee Wee who takes Mickey under his wing.

Mickey is accepted by most of the team, except the top pitcher who feels threatened by Mickey’s growing competence on the mound. With the help of the coach and Pee Wee, Mickey learns to manage the sensory overload he experiences on the field and pitch well through it.

Eventually, through his success on the field, Mickey proves to himself and to his parents that he has talent, he has a voice, and his autism cannot stop him from achieving his dreams.

Frank Nappi’s award winning novel, Echoes From The Infantry, is slated for development as a major motion picture by Lexicon Films. Echoes From The Infantry tells the story of one Long Island World War II veteran, the misery of combat, and the powerful emotional bonds that brought him home to Rockaway Beach and the love of his life. It is about a father and son, and their ultimately redeeming struggle to understand each other’s worlds – one a world at war, the other shaped by its veterans. Nappi moves artfully between the present and past, weaving a fictionalized tale of this Long Islander’s struggle to reconcile with the demons from long ago and his family’s never-ending battle with many of the intangible burdens caused by the private life of a man they never really knew. He touches our hearts with a story of courage and perseverance…a story of men who faced the greatest challenge of their generation. Please check back for updates.