Crime drama series “Micronesian Blues” under consideration by Cinemax

micronesian bluesBy Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
August 2, 2016
Federated States of Micronesia— Cinemax is currently in negotiations with Shifting Gears to purchase a series entitled “Micronesian Blues” based on the non-fiction book with the same title by Bryan Vila and Cynthia Morris. Morris says that details won’t be known for at least a couple of weeks.
Cynthia Morris gifted KPress a copy of “Micronesian Blues” in June of 2013 for our review, but we were skeptical about how it would treat Micronesians and said so when I finally got around to it several months later. Once I did finally get around to it, I spent several sleepless nights turning pages compulsively. It was a compelling read full of characters I either knew about from Micronesian history or that I know personally.
I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it was really more about how the people of Micronesia changed an expat than it was about how an expat changed Micronesia.
“Regardless of what we are called here (‘mehn wai’, ‘ahset’, or something else) I think that ‘Micronesian Blues’ should be required reading for all of us expats before we step off the plane on any Micronesian island,” my review of the book said. I still think so.
I know what happens to books that I love once they hit the screen.
According to the website, TV Series Finale, “Johnathon Tropper is writing the Micronesian Blues ‘crime drama thriller,’ which will be directed by Greg Yaitanes. They are executive producing with Dempsey and his producing partner and manager, Joannie Burstein. Justin Franklin is co-producing. The Micronesian Blues TV series is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Bryan Vila and Cynthia Morris.”
TV Series Finale quotes from the “Deadline Hollywood” site which provides a short synopsis of the story line that is being proposed: “Micronesian Blues, written by Tropper and to be directed by Yaitanes, is based on the true story of Los Angeles cop Bryan Vila, a former Marine who had served in Vietnam, who took a job training local police in Micronesia in the early 1990s, expecting a paid vacation. The series tells the story of a burned out LA cop who accepts a teaching job in Micronesia, only to find himself caught up in a bloody war between tribal gangsters, lawless mercenaries, and crooked CIA agents.”
With a description like that, I wonder if Micronesians will be pleased with the series. It remains to be seen. The authors of the respectful book certainly hope that the series will treat Micronesians with the same respect as they did.
A certain deal has not yet been made