Launch Pad Alum Nicolina Torres’ “This Red Fire” Scooped Up By Greg Silverman’s Stampede Ventures

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Greg Silverman’s Stampede Ventures just pre-empted the yet-to-be-published female-driven thriller from author Nicolina Torres from The Launch Pad Competition and Inkshares.

Being compared to Insomnia, This Red Fire is a story set in Calliope, Nebraska, and follows small-town sheriff Evie Hartley who arrives to find the entire town murdered, except for two missing young siblings. As the authorities begin their search for the perpetrators, the sheriff, who recently lost a child sets out to find the missing siblings.

Torres says she “utilized isolation to create fear. I think Wind River did that so well this past year. Also I’m just so grateful to Inkshares and Launch Pad for opening up so many doors, and to Greg Silverman for believing in me and my manuscript.”

Frederik With-Seidelin Skov, whose script Sleep Well Tonight was on the blacklist last year, will adapt the project.

The manuscript placed in the Top 10 of the recent Inkshares-Launchpad competition, with judges saying it was “brimming with heartland horror.” Launch Pad and Inkshares had found success with another thriller recently, Kill Creek, which won the American Library Association’s horror book of the year and is nominated for the Bram Stoker Award. This Red Fire is the most recent film sale for Inkshares, which previously sold The Punch Escrow to Lionsgate with Mandeville producing and James Bobin (Muppets Most Wanted) directing.

This Red Fire is also the first project announced by Silverman’s newly formed Stampede Ventures following his exit from Warner Bros. late last year. Romark Entertainment’s Rock Shaink and Inkshares CEO Adam Gomolin helped bring attention to the thriller.

“We have been searching and searching for a great franchise character,” said Silverman. “We are excited to have found Evie Hartley and this amazing first story, This Red Fire. With Seidelin Skov is a very special new voice who will adapt this with aplomb.”

Torres is represented by Inkshares, , and Behr Abramson & Levy. With-Seidelin Skov is represented by and .

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