Hollywood – Joe Solomon’s Fanfare Film Productions is launching a nation-wide talent hunt for an unknown teenaged actor to portray the title role of a “hippie demagogue” in the forthcoming screen version of Elizabeth Willet’s novel “The 49th Prophet.”
-- Motion Picture Daily, July 30, 1968, p.4
Not only was THE 49TH PROPHET never produced as a movie, we've found no evidence that it was ever published as a novel. Ms. Willett (with two t's) couldn't have been pleased to see her name mishandled so many different ways in the various press releases Solomon sent to the trades touting this aborted project. Earlier the same year, her story/co-writer credits on PSYCH-OUT appeared as "E. Hunter Willett" in the opening credits, but "Betty Tusher" on the posters and ad mats!
Note that National General Pictures had the first option on the book; by the time they released William Friedkin's film of Matt Crowley's play THE BOYS IN THE BAND some six months after this ad appeared, 20th Century Fox had secured the rights to The French Connection. The movie would go on to win five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director (Friedkin). Fifteen years later, National General founders Samuel Schulman and Irving H. Levin produced Friedkin's TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A., based on the novel Money Men by Gerald Petievich.