Thursday, February 08, 2007

ARCHANGEL Attracts More Hollywood Attention

Jason Anthony mentions THE ARCHANGEL PROJECT in his column, The Hollywood Reader, in this week's PW. So far, we've had five more production companies express interest.

That makes the refrigerator thing a lot easier to take.


Kate S said...

Congratulations! I hope it goes well for you so you can buy a good refrigerator. :)

Charles Gramlich said...

Exciting times for you and Steve. I'm hoping for good things from all the interest.

Chap O'Keefe said...

One of the newer blogs I follow is westernsfortoday. A few days ago Ed Gorman commented there as follows: "Unfortunately, I don't feel westerns will ever peak again with young readers unless accompanied by a renaissance in TV and movie westerns. That's what really fueled the masses to embrace the genre in the past. I grew up on Lone Ranger reruns and TV showings of spaghetti westerns."
All this seems to tie in with your depressing notes last week on the paperback industry. Maybe screen rights sales are now the only way forward for novelists. So congratulations on your happy news! Remember, though, that many of these overtures never proceed further than an option stage.
Some years ago, a film-maker appoached me with a proposal to do a screen version of one of my westerns, THE OUTLAW AND THE LADY. It was to be shot in New Zealand's South Island with the Southern Alps doubling for the Colorado Rockies. Sadly, like many movie-making propositions, it never got further off the ground than an inch or so -- the thickness of the screenplay. I received no income from it and, maybe worse, none of the publicity I'd hoped it would bring my books. However, I'm sure there are happier stories. Elmore Leonard seems to have fared very well over the years from movie-maker interest!

Steve said...

Good stuff!

Whether or not this one's *the* project, it's an important step, and a great thing.

Your required reading: Fortune and Glory, by Brian Michael Bendis. Those of my friends in comics who've done the movie-interest shuffle say it's bang-on. I wouldn't know about that, but it *is* funny as heck!

Wonderful news...

cs harris said...

I've heard that only 10% of books that are optioned ever actually make it onto the screen. I've watched this agony twice--once when my sister (Penelope Williamson) sold the screen rights to her THE OUTSIDER (a Western), and once when a friend sold the rights to a biography of the woman who wrote Peyton Place. The Outsider was, after years, finally made into a movie, although it never got a cinema release. The Grace movie looked like it was a sure thing, then fizzled. So I am going into this with eyes wide open.

Stewart Sternberg said...

CS, good luck here. I will cross my fingers.

I don't think I'll ever have anything turned into a movie. I would be lucky to have something turned into a hygiene play.

I just realized the above sentence made no sense.

Anyway, peace CS...Peace.

Anonymous said...

I think you're getting real interest here. I think this will be good - the subject matter is hot, etc. You go, girl!