WASHINGTON, September 4, 2016 — Beleaguered entrepreneur Neil Shelton, whose story was extensively covered by CDN in the summer of 2015, may soon find his saga coming to a theater near you. Shelton’s ruin was fast and furious, much of which he says was aided by a vindictive attorney and a perfect storm of bad luck.
According to a September 2, 2016 press release, a portion of which appears below, Hollywood veteran Tommy Bull and independent filmmaker Guy Lozier state they plan to put Shelton’s story on the silver screen:
“You’ve seen news coverage all over the country about the Neil Shelton Story. Well now it appears to be coming to life on the big screen. Director Tommy Bull, having worked with many of the greatest actors of our day including John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Robert Ginty, Tommy Flanagan, Joan Allen, James Denton, Dennis Haysbert, Sandahl Bergman and so many others, has thrown his hat in the ring to take on this powerful story raising the bar to greater heights. There is no doubt that with Director Tommy Bull guiding this movie you will see major film awards when he is done.
“To add flavor to the project Tommy has sought out Author/Director Guy Lozier owner of Higher Destiny Productions known for ‘The Eternal: Guardian of Light’ from the Mind Rift Saga fantasy series which has been in production as a feature film this year. Guy has two other series of novels in the works but even more interesting is the novel Guy is currently working on ‘Assassinating Custer’ which has really stirred up the dust of antiquity. Not only that but recent rumors of Author/Director Guy Lozier working with Angela Lansbury and Ryan Dior on a final epic episode of Murder She Wrote. “
Bull, according to his IMDb biography, has mostly worked in a supporting role. He was the assistant director on “Face/Off” and several episodes of “Miami Vice.” But he’s also helmed independent projects like “The Wrath” in 2015 as well as two movies currently in pre-production.
Guy Lozier, according to IMDb, has two independent films currently in production.
Since 2010, Shelton—formerly a millionaire entrepreneur—has alleged that his company had been embezzled; the local bank had conspired with the police to arrest him numerous times to avoid replenishing his funds; his wife had falsely accused him of abuse to gain leverage in their divorce proceedings and attempted to have him involuntarily committed twice in one day; and that he’s been arrested numerous times, has spent nearly a year in prison while never being convicted of any crimes, and hasn’t seen either of his two children in some five years.
Since CDN broadcast Shelton’s story, he’s been the subject of numerous local news stories including four times in the Mount Airy News and a TV news segment by multiple Emmy Award-winning local Fox broadcaster Bob Buckley in which this reporter was also interviewed.
Shelton is currently filing a civil suit against his ex-wife and her attorneys. In an unusual move, the court allowed his ex-wife’s attorneys to bring motions to dismiss on two separate occasions. But while some of Shelton’s allegations have been dismissed, the lawsuit is proceeding, and a judge has ordered mediation.
Shelton issued this statement to CDN announcing the upcoming film based on his case.
“This movie means a lot to me because it will bring to life the problems many of us face or have faced in family court.
“I am proud to be a part of and also proud of the accomplishments our movement has made in the last few years.”
Shelton’s ex-wife is represented in her divorce by Sarah Stevens who also serves as a North Caroline State Representative. Stevens declined to respond to an email for comment.
The tentative title for the Shelton movie project is “Growing up Mayberry.” Andy Griffith was born and raised in Mount Airy, Shelton’s home town, and it’s long been presumed that the Mayberry of the “Andy Griffith Show” was modeled on Mount Airy.