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PRO WRESTLING: Paul O’Brien’s self published wrestling novels ‘Blood Red Turns Dollar Green’ make it to Hollywood

Author Paul O’Brien (left) of “Blood Red Turns Dollar Green,” getting the stamp of approval from New York Times’ best-selling author and WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley.
Author Paul O’Brien (left) of “Blood Red Turns Dollar Green,” getting the stamp of approval from New York Times’ best-selling author and WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley.

What do Bret Hart, Fergal Devitt, William Regal, Jim Ross, Paul Heyman and Mick Foley have in common? They all love the best-selling wrestling crime trilogy “Blood Red Turns Dollar Green.”

Set in the pro-wrestling world of the 1970s and 1980s, these Paul O’Brien novels follow the triumphs, murders, shady deals and poisonous politics of a group of wrestling promoters who will do anything to make money and protect America’s longest con.

“Blood Red Turns Dollar Green Vol.1” was launched by Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer in 2012. After several months, the novel became a No.1 best-seller in Canada, Australia, Germany, UK, Ireland and the United States.

That’s when Mick Foley came on board.

He said: “There’s only a few great wrestling novels out there, and Paul O’Brien has written them all. Because of these books, I stopped thinking about writing a wrestling novel because I think he did a better job than I could ever do.”

After Foley did, a whole host of wrestling legends praised the work — and the research.

“I’m in awe,” WWE’s William Regal said. “I love these novels. My cup of tea with two sugars.”

WWE Hall of Fame inductees Bret Hart and Jim Ross agreed.

Hart said: “Paul has a real gift.”

Ross added: “They’re a powerslam of literary mastery.”

And Hollywood thought so, too.

After Vol.2 was released, “Blood Red Turns Dollar Green Vol. 1” and Vol. 2 were sought by two separate production companies. In October 2013, O’Brien sold the rights for both to a New York-based producer and entered a US TV development deal.

Since then, the pilot script has been written by two screenwriters repp’ed by Evolution Entertainment in Hollywood, and screenwriter Paul Guay has been flown out to help with the script, structuring the first season.

The script is currently “attaching talent and money.”

Such is the buzz around Hollywood that screenwriter Guay (“Liar, Liar”, “Heartbreakers”, “The Little Rascals”) emailed O'Brien and asked to meet in Hollywood when the Wexford writer was there. Guay is a huge fan of “Blood Red Turns Dollar Green.”

Guay said: “So well written that you could smell the sweat in the air and the blood on the mat. Brilliant lean, mean page turners. I wish I could scrub out Paul’s last name and put mine on there instead.”

So, on Oct. 25, “Blood Red Turns Dollar Green Vol. 3” launched during the Spiegeltent Festival with Guay flying into Wexford to launch the novel internationally. He was joined by Colfer and Wexford playwright Billy Roche in setting off the final book in the series on its own journey.

The novel has already become a No.1 best seller on pre-sales in the UK and the United States.

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