By Michael Fleming
NEW YORK (Variety) - An former soldier who says he developed psychic powers after being shot in the head and was involved in a covert military program to send disorienting "brain waves" to such U.S. enemies as Saddam Hussein has sold his story to Hollywood.
After several weeks of pitching his unusual story, David Morehouse connected with Interscope Communications, which has paid $300,000 against high six figures for film rights to his upcoming memoirs, to be published by St. Martin's Press, "Comes the Watcher: The True Story of a Military Psychic."
Morehouse, a third-generation soldier, was shot in the head by a Jordanian M-60. The round was stopped by his helmet, but afterwards he said he began experiencing visions and out-of-body experiences.
Eventually, he says, he entered a covert military program and trained as a remote viewer, assigned to use his psychic ability to uncover military secrets from Cold War rivals.
That led to a program whose purpose was to transmit waves to an enemy and cause confusion or death. Morehouse said it was used on Saddam Hussein during the Gulf War.
Finally, Morehouse's conscience began to bother him, and he decided that his powers shouldn't just be used as a weapon. When he tried to sell his services to corporate America and set up a film deal, he was kicked out of the military with an "other than honorable" discharge after 15 years.
He said he was harassed by the government, and his family was placed in danger.
His pitch, accompanied by a 100-page outline for the St. Martin's book, was met with disbelief by some execs who heard it, but Morehouse said most were receptive: "We did 18 pitches, seven in one day, and I only ran into two people who didn't believe it.
"It's a sincere story of an infantryman who gave up a big part of his life to be part of this organization."
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