Thursday, April 17, 2008

From bookstore to box office

Good news for authors hoping to see their works come to life on the big screen - according to news today from Variety, a post-writers strike surge of studios are on the prowl for ideas and manuscripts for upcoming features.

"Feature development execs were bracing for a deluge of feature spec scripts to flood the market after the 100-day writers strike wrapped in mid-February. But the storm, if it's brewing at all, has yet to hit, so the majors are chasing after books and magazine articles harder than they have in years." - Michael Flemming, Variety
Over the years, we've seen a several authors go Hollywood. Philip Carlo's bestselling The ICE MAN: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer was recently optioned and is being directed by Allen and Albert Hughes with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Jason Blum producing and Terry Winter scripting.
Novelist Janice Woods Windle's True Women was later developed into a CBS mini-series with Angelina Jolie, which might have been the catalyst to her blockbuster career (or so we like to think).
Seeing some after-strike action, one of our current clients just inked a deal on film rights to her book in fact. Not yet at liberty to reveal details, we'll post the news following the studio's official announcement.

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