Script File

Prisoner Moon

A young German soldier in a Michigan POW camp desperately seeks escape from hardline Nazis and gets unexpected help from outside the barbed wire.

  • John Van Roekel
    Novels: Prisoner Moon, Braver Deeds, Lorenzo's Assassin
  • Project Type:
    Screenplay, Short Script
  • Number of Pages:
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
  • First-time Screenwriter:
  • Student Project:
  • Winner, 2016 Paris Independent Film Festival
    November 27, 2016
    Winner of Feature Screenplay
  • Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards
    Los Angelus, CA
    September 29, 2016
  • Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival
    Hollywood, California
    September 29, 2016
  • New York Los Angeles International Film Festival
    New York, NY
    October 10, 2016
    Award Of Excellence
  • Los Angeles CineFest
    Los Angeles, CA
    October 10, 2016
  • Northern Lights Screenplay Competition
    Los Angeles, CA
    October 4, 2016
Writer Biography - John Van Roekel

In 1994 while living in Ann Arbor, Michigan, John Van Roekel finished reading Nathan Miller’s excellent biography Theodore Roosevelt: A Life, and the next morning he told his astonished wife Pam that he was going to write a novel. Miller’s description of the African-American cavalry soldiers who fought beside Roosevelt in Cuba inspired John to write Braver Deeds, published fifteen years later in 2009.

After moving to San Diego in 2001, John started work on his World War II home front novel, Prisoner Moon. It’s the story of a young German soldier who is captured in France after D-Day and finds himself in a POW camp in Michigan. It was published in 2012.

John completed his third historical novel in 2016. Lorenzo’s Assassin is set against the backdrop of the Pazzi Conspiracy when Pope Sixtus IV plotted to murder Lorenzo the Magnificent. Not withstanding the religious themes in Lorenzo’s Assassin, John is not religious.

In addition, John has edited the World War II letters of his father, Paul Van Roekel. They are available on his web site.

More information about John is available at and John is available for readings and book club discussions in the San Diego area. Please email

Add Writer Biography
Writer Statement

I've written three historical novels since 1994, including PRISONER MOON. Readers have told me they see a movie in this story, so I decided to try my hand at a new medium. A great table read by professional actors convinced me that PRISONER MOON can be a great film.