First off Congrats to IT for being numero uno at the box office. On opening day it made $13.5 million, beating Dead pool to be the largest earning rated R movie so far. Dead pool made $12. 7 million. For the overall first weekend, the movie made quite the moola with $179.2 million this past weekend.This makes the movie the largest opening ever for a horror movie. The largest opening weekend ever for New Line. IT only cost about $35 million to make and it seems the audience gave it a rave review. Internationally, it made the biggest opening earner for a horror film. So it's safe to say that there will be a sequel after such an outstanding result. Proving all the more that Hollywood would find favor,i believe, in looking into novels, novella, fiction or even non-fiction, and short stories for their next success.
Speaking of short stories, news has just broke out that Stephen King's short story titled Suffer the Little Children would be made into a feature film. Sean carter of Keep Watching is set to write and direct the film. The producer would be Craig Flores, Sriram Das and Nicolas Chartier. This is excellent news as short stories, i feel, do make an excellent film. Can't wait to hear more news from this project. I hope Studio would feel the need to take notice of short stories (funnily enough i released a short story of mine titled THE BOX IN THE SPARE ROOM at amazon on September 9 ) Short stories, perhaps self-published ones, could be made into a feature film and I regret it it will be successful. Someone took a chance on the self-published novel THE MARTIAN and look at how that turned out: A massive success (speaking of THE MARTIAN, i will post my interview with the author ANDY WEIR about his latest novel ARTEMIS on November 14, 2017, make sure you check it out.). Back to the topic: Someone took a chance on self-published novel THE MARTIAN and it became a huge success. Why not take a chance on a self-published short story????? I wonder what the result would be on that one. Time will tell (hopefully really soon). As always thanks for stopping by to read this. Take care and have a blessed day.
Everyone, please keep your thoughts and prayers to those that suffered from Hurricane Harvey (trust me even though the news has moved on to other things, people are still struggling from Hurricane Harvey) and those who are dealing with Hurricane Irma. I hope to God that they would be able to piece their lives together and as a result gain something greater than what the hurricane destroyed.
A twitter pal of mine, J.D. Barker( twitter.com/jdbarker), just send me an email about his story (co-author with Dace Stoker) being made into a feature film. You can read the press release below:
Paramount Pictures has acquired screen rights to Dracul, the first prequel authorized by the estate of Bram Stoker. The film will be developed as potential directing vehicle down the line for Andy Muschietti, teamed with It producers Barbara Muschietti and Roy Lee.
Written by Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker, the tale is set in 1868, where a 21-year old Bram Stoker meets with an ungodly evil, which he traps in an ancient tower all the while scribbling the events that led him there. The monster origin tale just went to Putnam’s Mark Tavani in a 5-house auction brokered by Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency. The UK rights for Dracul were bought by Simon Taylor of Transworld and to Michel Lafon France in a pre-empt.
The film deal was brokered by Angela Cheng Caplan of Cheng Caplan Company Inc. and attorney Wayne Alexander. Paramount executive, Vanessa Joyce brought in the project and will oversee the development with Miri Yoon of Vertigo Entertainment.
"I can't imagine a better team to tell this story."
- J.D. Barker
All I can say is I hope things goes well and the adaptation would be a great success. I can't wait to hear more news about Draul. All the best to everyone involve with the project
Read the excerpt to American Assassin here: www.goodreads.com/book/show/7959473-american-assassin
I hope you enjoy the trailer. Definitely check out the book when you can and then go see the movie if you are interested or want to try something different.
A short story by Neil Gailman is being made into a movie. Short stories make interesting movies as you can see from the trailer. I hope to see more (perhaps self-published) short stories being made into movies after all 1408 by Stephen King, The Birds by Daphne du Maurier, The Body Snatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Minority Report by Philip K. Dick, The Mist by Stephen King, Rust and Bone by Craig Davidson, Shop Girl by Steve Martin and many more were made into great, successful film. So take a look into one of Neil Gailman's creative writing idea. This one is titled How to talk to girls at parties.
"No Guts, No story." is an inspirational quote said by Chris Brady. But might I add that it takes even more guts to write and share the story with the world. And boy do I have an excellent interview from the wonderful, non-fiction author Mr. Michael Finkel. Make sure you check out the excerpt to his latest novel The Stranger of the Woods: www.michaelfinkel.com/the-stranger-in-the-woods/excerpt-stranger-woods/
1. Could you tell me what The Stranger in the Woods is about?
It's the true story of Christopher Knight, who is one of the most unusual people you will ever encounter -- he lived completely alone, in the woods of central Maine, sleeping in a small camp tent, for 27 years. He never had one conversation, never spent any money, never drove in a car. He never saw the internet. And he never even lit a fire! How did he survive? Why did he leave the world? What did he learn? The book tries to address all these questions, while also examining what types of people have sought solitude throughout history, and why it may be essential for one's health to spend some time alone.
2. What is your purpose in writing The Stranger in the Woods?
I'm always interesting in learning about people who have lived a radically different life than the rest of us. This is just such an intriguing story to me -- there's a survival tale, a true-crime tale, a mystery, a legend. There's the reactions of people in central Maine. And there's the intelligent and fascinating insights of Chris Knight himself.
3. What challenges did you face while writing The Stranger in the Woods?
The subject of my book, not surprisingly, was a man of few words who was very reluctant to share his story. He was a difficult interview subject, to say the least. I learned a lot of patience while working with Chris Knight -- but still, not enough patience to satisfy him!
4. How would you compare your experience writing True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa from The Stranger in the Woods?
Except for the fact that both "True Story" and "The Stranger in the Woods" are both non-fiction accounts of men named Chris, the two books are completely different.
Chris Longo, the murderer who is featured in "True Story," is extremely outgoing, and, in the end, was clearly a dangerous, psychopathic man.
Chris Knight, the hermit from "The Stranger in the Woods," is probably the most introverted person you will ever read about, and, in the end, was seen to be an entirely gentle man.
I found both stories riveting, but the writing process -- or at least the feeling while writing -- was entirely different. Chris Longo frightened me, to my core, and I felt as if I were writing something of a cautionary tale. Chris Knight was far more inspirational to me, and I felt at times as if I were writing almost a guidebook for how to live in peace and simplicity.
5. How has writing and knowing about Christopher Knight affect your life in general?
Spending time with Chris Knight has given me a much different perspective on the passage of time. So many of us seem to be in a constant mad rush for most of the day. Knight passed time like a tree. He showed me that the best thing you can do sometimes is nothing. Just sit there. Center yourself. Allow five minutes to pass without looking at your phone. You don't have to do any sort of formal meditation. Just do nothing. You will likely be amazed at how healthy, how calming this feels. I wish the whole world could just take a five minute "time out" each day -- I feel as if all the crazy arguing that goes on would be greatly diminished if we all did this simple thing. If we all just did nothing for a few moments.
6. If (or when) the book become a movie, who would you like to adapt your book into a screenplay and who would you like to direct the movie adaptation?
I don't have specific names in mind, I'm just hoping that if the book becomes a movie, the director and screenwriter both feel extremely creatively inspired to bring this mind-boggling story to life.
7. What would you want your reader to take away from reading The Stranger in the Woods?
That maybe doing nothing is, at times, one of the most powerful things you can do. "Beware the barrenness of a busy life," said Socrates. I believe he was correct.
8. What does Christopher Knight think about the book? Has he read it yet?
I sent Chris Knight the book as soon as it was finished, but I have not heard back from him. I have written the book with openness and honesty and obsession and care, and I hope — I believe — that Knight will respect my dedication and genuinely accept my efforts as reasonable and fair.
9. What is your writing habit? Do you write in the daytime or night?
I have three young children so my house is often quite hectic. I prefer the quiet of the night to work and when I'm on a creative roll, I often drink loads of coffee and stay up until dawn.
10. On True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa film adaptation, could you express your experience seeing it?
The book "True Story" was so personal to me, and so disturbing, that watching the film adaptation was quite an emotional knot. I think the actors (James Franco and Jonah Hill) did outstanding jobs, as did the director (Rupert Goold), but it was wrenching and uncomfortable to watch.
11. What book are you currently reading?
"Killers of the Flower Moon" by David Grann. He's an amazing journalist and writer.
12. What’s next for you? What are you working on now?
I'm seeking my next book idea! If anyone has an idea for me, please contact me through my website:www.michaelfinkel.com/ . Thanks!
13. Have you ever considered writing fiction? If so, in what genre?
I love reading fiction and I've published (long, long ago) a few fiction short stories, and perhaps one day I'll take a stab at a novel -- I don't know what genre -- but I really feel that I've reached a nice place, writing-wise, with my non-fiction work, so I will stick to that for now.
14. Last question, who (dead or alive) would you like to sit down and chat with in order to write a book?
For all of my career, I have avoided interviewing "famous" people, or movie stars, or presidents -- I really prefer meeting extraordinary people who are not widely known. There are all sorts of completely unknown Einstein-level geniuses out there, many of whom have extremely unorthodox ideas about how to live, about society and science and art and life. Those are the people I want to sit down with.
Thank you for the excellent questions.
Likewise thank you for giving your time to answer them. For anyone out there reading this I hope you add The Stranger in the Woods in your reading list. Also check out his first book True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa. I hope each and everyone of you have a great day and thanks once again for coming by to read my latest post. Take care and stay amazing.
I finally have the animated feature of House Trap (well, the prologue of House Trap). First off, I would like to thank Banter Hawks Production for doing such a great job at animating my characters. It was money well spent. I hope everyone enjoys it and check out the story to see what happens next, of course. Pray-fully (with finger-cross) this could lead to bigger things. I really hope a full-feature (live-feature at that) of House Trap would be made sometime in the future. The Martian (directed by Ridley Scott) has clearly shown that a self-published story (written by Andy Weir) could become a successful movie. I truly believe that House Trap would be the equivalent to The Martian. House Trap might even be more successful than The Martian since it would be less expensive to make. Thriller/horror movies, in general, tends to have lower budget than sci-fi movies. I hope someone in the film industry would take interest in House Trap and produce it. Watching this prologue clearly shows how captivating the novella would be as a movie. And trust me when I say there's a slight twist at the end of House Trap, you won't see it coming. It explains everything in regard to the prologue. Anyway, thanks for taking the time to watch it. I hope the next time I post a feature on House Trap it would be a film's teaser trailer. Yeah,You got to think big, dream big, and believe big right? Have a great day everyone:)
Well Summer is here!! so here are movies available that are based on books.
The Great Gatsby- follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and sky-rocketing stocks. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy (Carey Mulligan), and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without of the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles
The Reluctant Fundamentalist (out, but limited release) — This story of a Pakistani Wall Streeter is based on the novel by Mohsin Hamid. The film stars Kiefer Sutherland, Kate Hudson, and Liev Shrieber.
Much Ado About Nothing (June 7) — I hesitate to include this — it’s a black-and-white modern-day adaptation of the Shakespeare play helmed by Joss Whedon, of The Avengers fame. Huh?
Tiger Eyes (June 7) —Lawrence Blume adapted his mother Judy’s 1981 novel about a teen coping with her father’s death in a car accident.
World War Z (June 21) — Perhaps, other than Gatsby, the most-anticipated bookish film of the summer. Brad Pitt stars in this $170 million zombie thriller, based on the super-popular novel by Max Brooks.
Copperhead (June 28) — For you Civil War buffs, this story of how the war destroyed a family is based on the novel by the late 19th century novelist Harold Frederic (also penned The Damnation of Theron Ware)). The movie is directed by the same director, Ronald Maxwell, who brought Jeff Shaara’s novel Gods and Generals to the screen.
R.I.P.D. (July 19) — Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges star in this film based on the graphic novel by Peter Lenkov. Entertainment Weekly describes the plot as like a “lost dream sequence from the stoner classic The Big Lebowski.”
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (Aug. 7) — The second movie based on Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” young adult fantasy novels, the movie stars Logan Lerman as Percy. Stanley Tucci also makes an appearance as Dionysus.
Austenland (Aug. 16) — About a group of women at a Jane Austen fan camp, the movie, based on the novel by Shannon Hale, stars Keri Russell. Stephenie Meyer, oddly enough, is a producer on the film. What?
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (Aug 23.) —Movies based on young adult fantasy series are certainly hot this year (Remember, Catching Fire is out Nov. 22). This movie is based on the first book of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series. Protagonist Clary Fray is played by British actress Lily Collins
So check them out (especially Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters!!!!!!) before or after you read the book. You guys have fun reading and watching the movie. Don't forget to check out my novels as well, read the excerpts first and tell others that might like my stories as well. Remember to spend your summer wisely as well as blissfully.
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