On April 21st, Hollywood producers Michael Chamoy and Nat Mundel acquired the shopping rights to my Hell Holes trilogy with the ultimate goal of turning it into a major feature film. They are currently hiring a scriptwriter to produce the script and movie treatment based on the books over the next four to six months, after which they will pitch the film to prospective buyers such as studio execs and investors. I am particularly happy to have Mike as the producer for three reasons. First, he has experience on science-fiction movies (The Incredible Hulk) and TV series (Alphas) and therefore understands the genre. Second, he has already given me two excellent ideas for improving both the books and making the script more marketable: a way of tying the science fiction, paranormal fantasy, and horror together into a unified whole, and he opening my eyes to the value of having a primary antagonist to put a single face on the horde of nameless demons. Third, we hit it off during our initial telephone call in a collaborative way that convinced us that we can work well together. While the odds are always low that any single script will ever eventually make it into becoming an actual movie given the flood of scripts competing to be filmed, I have a good feeling about this and great hopes. If nothing else, the next year should be an interesting ride.
For the next couple of months, I am going to concentrate my writing on supporting the script writing process and making the associated changes to Hell Holes: What Lurks Below and Hell Holes: Demons on the Dalton. For example, I am putting together a “cheat sheet” for the Mike and the script writer on the characters, the demons, and Hell, the demon homeworld, which I hope will make it easier to capture my vision. I understand that the movie will be different than the books in terms of what’s included, emphasized, and changed to fit the media of film as opposed to books. Still, I’d like to minimize the unnecessary differences between the two.