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Jimmie
Posted on Monday, January 19, 2004 - 05:17 pm:   

When are we going to see your work in film?
Whom would you have direct? (Cronenberg is of course an obvious choice.)
What actors would you prefer?
Have you already sold film rights?
If so, which stories?
Where would you like the film(s) to be made?
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Richard Calder
Posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2004 - 06:52 am:   

Jimmie --

When are we going to see your work in film? Have you already sold film rights? If so, which stories?

When? Haven't a clue. A while back there was some interest in 'Dead Girls' -- a screenwriter in New York was approaching some directors, and there have been others who, as they say, have 'run with it'. Alas, rights were never sold.

Whom would you have direct? (Cronenberg is of course an obvious choice.)

Yes, I agree. I've always liked Cronenberg, especially 'Videodrome', 'Dead Ringers' and 'Naked Lunch'. The 'Dead' trilogy, however, might conceivably make an interesting animation, as might 'Frenzetta' ... say, by the Japanese, or by the French team that put together 'Belleville Rendezvous'.

What actors would you prefer?

For the 'Dead' trilogy it'd be nice to have Ignatz and Primavera (and their various incarnations) played by 15-year-old actors, rather than twentysomething adults -- or at least actors who could genuinely pass for adolescents. Unknowns, perhaps.

Where would you like the film(s) to be made?

I rather like the idea of a film crew visiting my old haunts in Nongkhai and Bangkok. They might invite me along to point a few things out to them. Did that here, did that there, fell off a bar stool there -- that sort of thing. Who knows, they might even stand a few drinks.

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Jimmie
Posted on Monday, February 02, 2004 - 02:31 am:   

Richard:

I'm almost a complete novice in the realm of film-rights and scripts but I did photograph and arrange an interview with Japanese director/animator Koji Morimoto (Akira/Steamboy) for the (now defunct) British publication Technologica. Here's some info on him: http://www.notionwerks.com/akirastudio/koji.htm

It would be my great honour to refer your work to Morimoto San.

Also I'm now based in Sydney, full of aspiring film makers, some of whom I'm sure would love to get their maws on your Dead series, pretty far ahead of its time, but now may be just ripe for the plucking.

By the way, I'm sending this from Jakarta where I'm on assignment doing my regular gig photographing and reporting on night-clubs and associated technology for UK based Mondo*dr. I've been lying around the pool this afternoon gasping in fascination as I re-read Dead Things, it astounds me that you can write about sex so much without it becoming prurient or tittilating.
AND there really are clubs here that open on Friday night and don't close until 60 hours later on Monday and one can buy just about whatever one wants with a credit card; when I managed to escape alone at 7:30am on Saturday morning that steamy inferno was still packed with 2,500 people and more were coming in.

By all means email me if you think I may be of any assistance.
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Richard Calder
Posted on Monday, February 02, 2004 - 04:28 am:   

Jimmie –

Thanks for your message. I’ve replied to your e-mail address …

Richard
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Luís
Posted on Monday, February 02, 2004 - 02:01 pm:   

A bit off-topic, but I watched BELLEVILLE RENDEZVOUS a few days ago and fully second Richard's implicit recommendation. What a great movie.

And I'd love to see a Calderian movie one day, best of luck with everything!
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Richard Calder
Posted on Monday, February 02, 2004 - 03:17 pm:   

Luís --

Yes, I really loved Belleville Rendezvous. Apart from simply looking beautiful, it was marvellously funny. I seem to recall another French animation ( a 'short') featuring the 'grandmother' character that appeared in Belleville. Must have been made by the same team ...
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Luís
Posted on Monday, February 02, 2004 - 05:21 pm:   

Hi Richard,

Would that be "The Old Lady and the Pigeons"? It's included in a separate disc with the special edition of BELLEVILLE.

http://www.amazon.fr/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00009ZT9F/ (Region 2)
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Richard Calder
Posted on Tuesday, February 03, 2004 - 11:59 am:   

Luís --

Yep -- that's it, 'The Old Lady and the Pigeons'! Wonderful stuff ...

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Dustin Poms
Posted on Wednesday, April 21, 2004 - 02:52 pm:   

It may seem like an odd choice, but after seeing Kill Bill vol. 1 & 2, I could honestly see Quentin Tarantino doing a Calder film. Perhaps not Dead Girls, but Frenzetta seems to dovetail nicely with his sense of style. Just fantasizing a bit, don't mind me.

Also glad to see the return of your blog. It's great reading in between novels, and has added a number of books to my own reading lists, for whenever I get around to having money again.

Thanks.
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Richard Calder
Posted on Thursday, April 22, 2004 - 03:26 am:   

Dustin --

Hmm. Chiaki Kuriyama, who plays psycho schoolgirl roles in 'Battle Royale' and, yes, 'Kill Bill Volume 1', would make an interesting Frenzetta. The May edition of I-D Magazine says: 'She's 17. And she is fucking edgy. Somewhere between phone booth Eastern porn fantasy and sorority virgin Britney re-imagined through Manga anime, with an extra dose of cyanide and a stare that cuts you dead at 50 paces. Her half-smile is doused with menace ...' Well, she's Japanese (of course), and if that ultimately disqualifies her for the role of the Trieste-born Frenzetta, then perhaps we could tempt her to audition for the role of Dahlia Chan?

The new blog has taken off to a bit of a slow start. I'll see if I can't rack up a few more entries in the coming weeks.

Thanks for your comments.

Richard
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Jason
Posted on Sunday, May 23, 2004 - 10:50 pm:   

I think a Calder book could only be done properly in anime.
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Richard Calder
Posted on Thursday, September 02, 2004 - 03:39 am:   

News: Australian production company Dream Life has acquired film rights to Dead Girls ...
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Brendan
Posted on Thursday, September 02, 2004 - 01:45 pm:   

Very cool.
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Luís
Posted on Thursday, September 02, 2004 - 02:07 pm:   

Fantastic news! Congratulations, Richard!
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Lanxun
Posted on Friday, September 10, 2004 - 08:31 pm:   

Richard,

There are some songs that I can't listen to without being reminded of some of your books. Perhaps they'd be good on the film soundtracks?

Dead Girls:

Nine Inch Nails - The Perfect Drug

Tori Amos - Muhammad My Friend

This song eerily reminds me of the crucifiction of Titania/Lilith:

"Muhammad my friend
it's time to tell the world
we both know it was a girl back in Bethlehem
and on that fateful day
when she was crucified
she wore Shiseido Red and we drank tea
by her side

sweet sweet
between the boys and the bees"

This song came from the "Boys for Pele" album, which is unusual for its frequent use of a harpsichord. (Something to think of if you're trying for a retro-18th century feel; I remember you described the Cartier dolls as being like elegant 18th century ladies.) Alas, this song does not feature a harpsichord, but maybe one of the other songs featuring a harpsichord might appeal.

Tori Amos - Professional Widow

This song is also from the "Boys for Pele" album, and Tori plays the harpsichord aggressively in this song which reeks of sadomasochism, sexploitation and sleazy politics, like the futuristic Bangkok you depicted.

Rasputina - "Transylvanian Concubines"

Yes, I know it was used already in a soundtrack, but I think it would suit the Dead Girls film better; Rasputina is a band of corset-wearing female cellists inspired by 19th century gothic sensibilities, and of course the song features prominent cello solos.

"Thy Hand, Belinda" from Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas.

Frenzetta:

Nine Inch Nails - Deep

I know this has been used in the Tomb Raider soundtrack, but I think the lyrics suit Duane Duarte very well.

"Blank stare
Disrepair
There's a big black hole
Gonna eat me up someday
Someday fades away
Like a memory
Or a place that you'd rather be
Some place lost in space
Itch in my head, that's telling me somewhere
Somewhere out there anywhere
I don't care, get me out of here
If I could feel
All the pins and the pricks
If you were real
I could pick what's apart
And put it back together"

White Zombie (or the Nine Inch Nails Cover version) - More Human Than Human Lyrics

"I am the Astro-Creep a demolition style hell American freak yeah
I am the crawling dead a phantom in a box shadow in your head
Say acid suicide freedom of the blast read the fucker lies
make me do it again...yeah

more human than human

i am the jigsaw man-I turn the world around with a skeleton hand
say-I am electric head a cannibal core a television said yeah
do not civtimize read the motherfucker-psychoholic lies
into a psychic war I tear my soul apart
and i eat it some more

more human than human

solo

I am the ripper man a locomotion mind love american style
yeah i am the nexus one i want more life
fucker i ain't done yet

more human than human"
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lanxun
Posted on Friday, September 10, 2004 - 08:55 pm:   

Oops!

I forgot "Gingerbread Coffin" by Rasputina, which I wanted to add to the Dead Girls list.

The song opens with the sound of a music box being wound and playing distortedly as if through water, and of course, the cellos have pride of place.

"We found an old doll that was out in the grass
She had special powers, we said a black mass
We sat in a circle, all holding hands
The doll bed held together will old rubber bands
She'll rise, she'll rise, she'll rise
Lay her down in her gingerbread coffin
She's so pretty, all laid out in white
Lay her down in her gingerbread coffin
When we need her she'll rise in the night...

We brought, but not used, a collection of knives
We'd remember this moment for all of our lives"
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Richard Calder
Posted on Tuesday, September 14, 2004 - 07:18 am:   

Lanxun --

Thanks for the suggestions. I'll have to catch up on my listening -- must admit, I'm a little out of touch with contemporary music. But any song called 'Transylvanian Concubines' *must* be good ...

The Purcell aria is spot on -- some of the libretto is actually quoted in DEAD GIRLS (a fact you're doubtless aware of).

Rasputina. Hmm. Sounds like a girl after my own heart, so to speak.

Apologies for lateness of acknowledgement -- computer problems this end, and am at present, perforce, using cyber cafes.

Richard
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Luís
Posted on Friday, September 24, 2004 - 10:47 pm:   

Not really a Calder film, but with the right twist, it could well be. Have you had the chance to watch _Innocence_, the sequel to _Ghost in the Shell_? Unfortunately, the movie isn't nearly as perverse as your books, Richard, but it nevertheless reminded me of your fiction.

Best,
Luís
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Richard Calder
Posted on Saturday, September 25, 2004 - 05:05 am:   

Luís --

Well, there hangs a tale, because several people have said the same thing. No, I haven't seen INNOCENCE, but am keen to do so. (There was something of a write-up of the film -- along with contemporary anime in general -- in the September edition of WIRED.) DEAD GIRLS is in development, and there's much talk of having at least parts of the prospective film realized as anime.

I believe INNOCENCE was released September 17; I've no idea when it might be possible to view it in the UK.
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Neddal
Posted on Sunday, September 26, 2004 - 09:37 am:   

I'd like to see THE TWIST made into an anime.
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Richard Calder
Posted on Monday, September 27, 2004 - 02:26 am:   

Neddal --

Yippee-ay-yay. Ah, yes, Westerns, I love 'em. Though 'Get 'em in, get 'em out, get 'em out, get 'em in' (or whatever) has always, to me at least, seemed a somewhat pointless exercise. Cowboy existentialism, perhaps.

Keep those doggies moving.

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