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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, June 08, 2005 - 01:49 pm:   

Hard upon the heels of my TV news, comes this: Discovery Films, which has a production deal with Paramount, has optioned my novel Life During Wartime for a feature film.

Whoeee!
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JV
Posted on Wednesday, June 08, 2005 - 01:55 pm:   

Congrats!

JeffV
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Bruce Chrumka
Posted on Wednesday, June 08, 2005 - 03:35 pm:   

Way excellent, congratulations Lucius!! Next...Handbook!
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John Klima
Posted on Wednesday, June 08, 2005 - 03:46 pm:   

Cool! Is anything finalized enough for you to make an official announcement?

JK
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MTC
Posted on Wednesday, June 08, 2005 - 04:07 pm:   

Congratulations! Next ... Scalehunter's! In 3D!!
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, June 08, 2005 - 04:11 pm:   

Thanks, Bruce, JK, Jeff.....

Finalized? I just got the contract today. That's final, I guess. Sorta, anyway. I don't know anything about the movie prospects except for the guy who's gonna do the screenplay, who I like.

Bruce, Handbook is already optioned, by walter hill for an HBO series.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, June 08, 2005 - 04:13 pm:   

Scalehunter's, I'm afraid, has no takers. But I'm not complaining. Thanks, Micheal.
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Bruce
Posted on Wednesday, June 08, 2005 - 04:43 pm:   

Whoops, I knew that...I meant Viator.

So, in a perfect world, who'd play Mingolla and Debora?
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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, June 08, 2005 - 05:03 pm:   

Lucius, I fear that the lovable curmudgeon who holes up at Gordon's with the PPV fights and listens to osychotic tuneage will one day wind up in a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel with a silk smoking jacket, a $1,000 hooker on each arm and a champagne hangover. <sigh>
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, June 08, 2005 - 05:06 pm:   

Hell, I don't know. LDW was in option for 16 years, to James Cameron, Phillip Noyce, and Gale Ann Hurd, before falling out of option in '03. Many screenplays were written. In most, he was not a 19 year old, he was usually a 30-something top sargeant. Hard to find a movie star who can play 20. So it depends on the character. Debora I see as more Jennifer Lopez than Penelope Cruz. But neither works. Beats me.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, June 08, 2005 - 05:08 pm:   

Dave, I'll take Bucket with me to the Marmot. We'll be okay. :-)
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Nels
Posted on Wednesday, June 08, 2005 - 05:44 pm:   

Congratulations!

All the best,

Nels.
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StephenB
Posted on Wednesday, June 08, 2005 - 06:18 pm:   

Congrats!

So now you'll be able to review one of your own movies. If it actually gets made.:-)



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MarcL
Posted on Wednesday, June 08, 2005 - 10:54 pm:   

I hear the Marmont is infested with Marmots, which yield their fur to the aging fur-craving stars while the ancient radiator pipes bang inside the walls and the bellhops massage the depressed screenwriters as they gaze down on what was made of their creations on gigantic billboards where the words "based on the novel by Lucius Shepard" are taller than a man. Ten men! Good going!
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ben peek
Posted on Thursday, June 09, 2005 - 05:24 am:   

hey, congrats, lucius. if they ever make it a film, you can review it for us ;)
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rwexler
Posted on Thursday, June 09, 2005 - 06:11 am:   

Congrats, sir!
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al duncan
Posted on Thursday, June 09, 2005 - 06:55 am:   

Woohoo! Nice one.
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Andrew Fox
Posted on Thursday, June 09, 2005 - 07:18 am:   

When it rains, it pours!

Once again, it couldn't happen to a nicer, more deserving guy. . . or a finer writer.

So now you'll be able to devote lots of time to fun research projects on obscure empire builders in Latin America. . .?
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Minz
Posted on Thursday, June 09, 2005 - 09:49 am:   

Congratulations, Lucius.

To borrow a line from that great University of Wisconsin dropout, Steve Miller: Go on, take the money and run...
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, June 09, 2005 - 03:23 pm:   

Thanks, guys. I appreciate it .

Andy, I''m gonna try.

Al, got a galley of Vellum. Took it with me to the coast. Real great so far...and very classy -- numbered galleys.

Mark, I hear the Marmot is infested with blonds, but maybe their blond marmots.

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minz
Posted on Friday, June 10, 2005 - 06:17 am:   

Hey Lucius:

A certain Del Rey editor had the good sense to snatch up the North American rights to VELLUM (and its sequel, INK)--okay, it was a "well, duh" moment, but I had the good sense to pre-empt the other publishers. If you're digging it and feel like being verbose in written form, drop me a line. I'll be certain it gets to Al and to Peter Lavery over at Macmillan UK
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Mastadge
Posted on Friday, June 10, 2005 - 07:41 am:   

al duncan is Hal Duncan? I somehow completely overlooked that. Don't I feel stupid now. . .
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John Klima
Posted on Friday, June 10, 2005 - 12:30 pm:   

And you can read an amazing short story (actually novellette) from Hal/Al in issue #9 of Electric Velocipede.

plug plug

JK
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Minz
Posted on Friday, June 10, 2005 - 02:27 pm:   

I second that plug, and add a "hear, hear!" Terrific story (just to repeat myself from elsewhere). O' course, the issue ain't quite published yet, but soon.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, June 10, 2005 - 02:54 pm:   

Do you mean you need a quote for Al? If so, sure...
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Bob Urell
Posted on Saturday, June 11, 2005 - 08:46 am:   

Congrats, Lucius.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, June 11, 2005 - 02:07 pm:   

Thanks Bob...
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Patrick Swenson
Posted on Saturday, June 11, 2005 - 07:12 pm:   

Wow. AWESOME news!

LDW was the first book I read of yours. Uh. No, wait. It was Green Eyes, and I loved it, and THAT's why I read LDW SECOND! <vbg>
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Josh Rountree
Posted on Sunday, June 12, 2005 - 05:21 am:   

Great news. Congrats!
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, June 12, 2005 - 06:38 pm:   

Thanks, Patrick and Bob....Josh. Be nice to get one of em made, but the next best thing, huh?
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al duncan
Posted on Monday, June 13, 2005 - 03:58 pm:   

Glad to hear they got a copy to you, Lucius; hope ye enjoy it.

Anyhoo, more to the point than casting (with a 19-year-old lead, I reckon you want one of those incredibly talented no-namers on the verge of breaking through but who hasn't yet realised they can just look pretty, say some cheesy line and take the megabucks to the bank -- someone young and hungry and ready to fucking act for their big break)... no, the question I'm curious about is: who's your dream director for the movie?
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gary gibson
Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 - 07:34 am:   

Lucius, Life During Wartime is also one of my favourite books, and the news that it's a good step closer to getting made is great. I'm curious to know, though, given that you also review movies, how you feel about the possibility of a feature film version going in a different direction from the book, given that when this does happen - as I'm under the impression it often does - it isn't always in the direction the author is necessarily happy with? Is this something that concerns you?

PS - concerning 'dream directors' - first name came into my head, anyway, was Darren Aronofsky.

John K - the correct way to write Mr Duncan's name, I believe, is H/al.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 - 12:28 pm:   

Al, I kind of like this new Spanish guy, Juan Carlo Fresnadillo who did a movie called Intacto and signed up to do the sequel to 28 Days Later. I don't think he'd let plot get in the way of character or vice versa.

Gary, I'm glad you liked LDW. Aaromofsky would be cool, but he's booked up into the next decade...

You can't be concerned with that stuff. Hollywood's gonna do what they want. Best thing to do is take the money and forget about it,
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MarcL
Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 - 10:57 pm:   

Hope you had a nice tsunami warning, Lucius!
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MarcL
Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 - 11:00 pm:   

Yeah, I was pretty happy to hear that the Intacto guy was going to do 28 WEEKS LATER. And that Danny Boyle, meanwhile, is doing some "s.f." thing. Alex Garland, meanwhile, got Microsoft to pay him an ungodly (but not ungoldly) sum to write a script for the Halo movie. Take the money and run, baby.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 - 01:04 pm:   

It was swell, Marc. Only a few people in the bar knew or cared what it swas. :-)
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MarcL
Posted on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 - 04:50 pm:   

"It was swell..."

If only!

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Robert Devereux
Posted on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 - 06:05 pm:   

Congrats on the deal. What are the chances they'll actually make a film of LDW? I've learned not to anticipate films until they actually start filming (and even then they aren't always finished, or butcher a book).

Is Juan Carlo Fresnadillo working on anything now? I just saw Intacto and enjoyed it.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 - 06:14 pm:   

Fresnadillo is working on the sequel to 28 Days Later.

LDW -- who knows? But I like my chances with this company more than I did in the past; they're pursuing it with real enthusiasm.

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