updated 11/3/2010 6:15:29 AM ET 2010-11-03T10:15:29

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., Nov. 3, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Empire Film Group, Inc. (Pink Sheets:EFGU)  has hired veteran director and screenwriter Charles Carner to create the screenplay adaptation of the Mike Chapman novel "Lowell Park". Empire acquired the rights to the Ronald Reagan themed novel and plans to produced the feature film next summer in Reagan's hometown of Dixon, Illinois. Carner recently visited Dixon to scout locations, complete his research and meet with the author of the novel Mike Chapman.

The novel tells the story of a young woman, Jenny, who time travels back to the summer of 1932, and falls in love with a young Ronald Reagan who is spending his summers as a lifeguard at Lowell Park in Dixon, Illinois, the small town where "Dutch" Reagan grew up.

"Empire is excited to be bringing this great story to the screen. It fits nicely in our production plans for next summer and will help to commemorate the 100th anniversary of President Reagan's birth," said Dean Hamilton Bornstein, Empire Film Group CEO. 

Charles Carner is a writer and director whose credits include the feature film "Witless Protection" for Lionsgate starring Larry The Cable Guy, several television movies including "Vanishing Point" starring Viggo Mortensen and "The Fixer" starring Jon Voight and the ABC Mini Series "Judas".

Empire Film Group, Inc. is a fully-integrated film and television production and distribution company with distribution capabilities to reach theatrical, video, television, video-on-demand and international markets through its wholly owned subsidiary Producers Releasing Organization.  Empire Sports Group, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Empire Film Group set up to develop, acquire, produce, market and distribute sports related entertainment properties in film, television and in various multi media and digital environments.


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