Truth Entertainment acquires film rights to war novel Ruby’s Prayer by author Ronald H. Keyser.
Continuing to expand its portfolio of major dramas based on real-life events and fictional works, Truth Entertainment, the independent film production company responsible for the Academy Award® winning film Dallas Buyers Club, has secured international rights to Ruby’s Prayer, Ronald H. Keyser’s recently released historical novel about a family’s epic struggle to fulfill a dying mother’s wish while living out the final days of the Wild West in a post-Civil War America.
Both Joe Newcomb, chairman and CEO of Truth Entertainment, and Keyser will serve as executive producers on the project. They are currently out to screenwriters to pen the script. As part of the deal, Truth will also own the international rights to Keyser’s next work- a fictional account of a real-life Texan family known for their fame and fortune. This news comes on the heels of Truth recently announcing that they are developing and producing the feature film The Nobistor Affair.
Published by Defiance Press, Ruby’s Prayer is the story of the Texas-based Wallace family during the spring of 1880, whom are still recovering from the deep wounds of the Civil War, reveling in the final days of the Wild West and navigating through the birth of the Industrial Age. Jim Wallace is the honest yet shrewd father, seeking to prepare his land to accommodate the impending changes due to the expanding railroads. Badly wounded during the Civil War and dealing with the death of his wife, Jim is also managing an old-standing grudge with another local and highly-influential rancher. Tom Wallace is the eldest son, a battered soul recently released from Texas State Prison, whom must adjust to his new-found freedom, all while dealing with the guilt of his mother’s death, coming to terms with his brother’s role in sending him to prison and rekindling a romance with his childhood sweetheart. Buddy Wallace, the youngest son, is solidly entrenched within the local, political and industrial powers as the young and ambitious sheriff. He, however wants a better life; one he is willing to get at any cost. Full of colorful characters both likable and despicable, Ruby’s Prayer is about second chances, family, sacrifice and hardship.
“Ruby’s Prayer is full of excitement, drama and romance and I couldn’t put it down when I read it,” said Newcomb. “Right away I knew this would be the next project for Truth Entertainment. We’re thrilled to be working with Ronald to bring his powerful novel to the big screen.”
“I’m grateful and excited for Ruby’s Prayer to be in the capable hands of Joe Newcomb and Truth Entertainment,” said Keyser. “I’ve always believed the story was meant to be seen on the big screen and I can’t wait to watch Joe and Truth bring the novel to life.”
Ronald H. Keyser, born in Marshall, Texas, attended the University of Houston where he studied mechanical engineering. After only two semesters, he decided to leave school and join the workforce as a bartender. After falling in love with the profession, Keyser made the night club industry a life long career. Today, he is the general manager of one of Houston’s most well known nightclubs. However, even with his success, Keyser always yearned to write. He told his wife, Lori, he had an idea about a novel and Lori told him to write it down. That story would ultimately become Ruby’s Prayer. Keyser is currently working on his second novel, a fictional account of a prosperous real-life Texas family.
Joe Newcomb is chairman and CEO of Truth Entertainment, which is currently filming The Tribes of Palos Verdes with Jennifer Garner and is in post-production on Stealing Cars with William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman. Truth recently announced it is developing and producing The Nobistor Affair, the true story of a top-secret mission to overthrow the Ghana government with Newcomb acting as producer.