Gabrielle Union along with Amyale and Rebel Maverick has the film right to 500 Words or less, a YA debut novel written by Ms. Juleah Del Rosario. Gabrielle Union is producing the project with Holly Fleischer developing it.
The novel is written in verses and it's about Nic Chen, a Chinese-American high school senior who attempts to salvage her reputation among her Ivy League-obsessed classmates by writing their college admission essays and in the process learns big truths about herself.
Gabrielle Union's quote from Deadline: “I am such a fan of young adult stories in general but this novel really got me. It is beautifully written entirely in verse and the exploration of identity and what that means to you and those around you is something that my production company is focused on exploring with all the stories we choose to tell. This one really hit home and I’m excited to be part of bringing it to life as accurately as we possibly can,”
Director of Crazy Heart and Black Mass, Mr. Scott Copper, will be directing the film adaptation of the short story The Quiet Boy. The film will be called Antlers, which differ from the book's title. The author, Mr. Nick Antosca, will co-write the screenplay along with Mr. Henry Chaisson. Mr. Guillermo del Toro, David S. Goyer, and J. Miles Dale will produce this Fox Searchlight Pictures's project.
Premise from wikipedia:
A small-town Oregon teacher and her brother, the local sheriff, become entwined with a young student harboring a dangerous secret with frightening consequences.
Keri Russell will play the teacher while Jesse Plemons will play her brother. Jeremy T. Thomas is playing the student.
So, I hope you keep this film in your radar as well as Nick Antosca's short story. I'm glad to hear more short stories and novellas are being made to movies. Hopefully, in the near future, I'll announce that my novellas/short stories are being optioned:) One can hope and pray until it comes to fruition. Take care and thanks for stopping by again.
Another exciting news to report (besides book-based movies toppling the box-office), another novella is being turned into a feature film. Sony Pictures along with Seth Rogen are going to bring author Simon Rich's novella to life. Published in New Yorker magazine in 2013, the novella Sell Out will be made into a feature film. You can check out a piece of the novella by clicking the link:www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/sell-out-part-one . Production of the film would begin in October with Seth Rogen, James Weaver, and Evan Goldberg producing it. Mr. Brandon Trost will be making his directorial debut with this film and the author himself will be writing the screenplay to the film adaptation of his novella.
Variety.com plot of the film:
Herschel Greenbaum (Rogen), a struggling laborer who immigrates to America in 198 with dreams of building a better life for his beloved family. One day, while working at his factory job, he falls into a vat of pickles and is brined for 100 years. The brine preserves him perfectly and when he emerges in present day Brooklyn, he finds that he hasn’t aged a day. But when he seeks out his family, he is horrified to learn that his only surviving relative is his great grandson, Ben Greenbaum (also played by Rogen), a mild-mannered computer coder whom Herschel can’t even begin to understand.
Again, great to hear more news about novellas being noticed by hollywood studios. All the best to those working on this project. In the meanwhile you guys can check out Simon Rich's novella by clicking the link I previously posted. If you want to read the excerpt of my novellas then simply click on each title (The box in the Spare Room, House Trap, Fiery Trap, Stained, and Chockstone). Hopefully one of them, if not all of them, would get noticed by a Hollywood studio and get made into a feature film. Finger-cross it would be sooner rather than later.
Mr. Giancarlo Esposite (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul) will play a supporting role in Stargirl. He is playing a character by the name of Archie, who is a Paleontologist and a friend to Stargirl.
In more casting news, Karan Brar (Diary of a wimpy kid) will play Kevin, Leo's best friend. Maximilian Hernandez(The Avengers) will play Mr. Rabineau, a teacher at Stargirl's school. Also, Darby Stanchfield (Mad Men) will play Leo's mom. The lead character that's playing stargirl herself is Grace VanderWaal while Graham Verchere(The Good Doctor) plays Leo. The director of Stargirl is Julia Hart (Fast Color) while Kristin Hahn is writing the screenplay.
Stargirl is being released on Disney's streaming platform (which isn't available yet).
Good day everyone and thanks for stopping by to get to know the director/screenwriter, Mr. Thomas Hennessy. His directorial debut, What We Can't Have, was an official selection of the 2013 Vegas Cine Fest. He got started in the industry by being an actor in an award-winning film Battle For Haditha. I wouldn't go any further about Mr. Thomas Hennessy as he will give more info about himself and about his impressive movie project titled Another Time.
1) Could you tell a bit about yourself?
Ok, so long story short, cause I could drag this entire question out for days, I was born in the greater Chicagoland area to a very non artistic family. Sports were a thing, writing, and creativity was not. I did the sports thing, I was ok at some of them, not great, I was a little undersized at the time, a late bloomer I guess when it came to growing, but I digress, but more of a closeted artist.
I did a little bit of theater in high school, and I really liked that, and then went on to join the Navy. While I was in the Navy, I taught myself how to play the guitar and started writing songs and playing in bands, and I really started to discover the art of storytelling. I served 11 years, and then came to Los Angeles when I finished my time in the Navy. I eventually went to film school, and have been lucky enough to make a couple movies.
2) What make a film great for you?
To me a great film is something that can move somebody on an emotional level. Whether it’s make them laugh or make them cry, or just make them forget about the crap going on in their life for short while, that’s what makes a great film to me.
3) List three adjectives to describe Another Time?
Fun, Independent, Ambitious (totally not adjectives, I know)
4) What is the genesis of Another Time?
It’s kind of a silly story. I had just finished my first movie, What We Can’t Have, and I believe we were in post in it, and I was having a conversation with some friends about the ridiculous things guys do in their attempt to try and win the hearts of the young ladies. Somewhere in there I moved on to the idea that in said pursuit, rational thinking is optional, and we convince ourselves that what we are doing is rational, but it’s usually not. I had this idea then for a movie where I guy would try to travel back in time to win a girl who he couldn’t have in his current time.
5) Do you ever get writer’s block when writing Another Time? How did you get back on track?
So my friend Scott Ryann Kennard collaborated with me early on in the project, and he was a huge help. I had written about a five page outline of the characters and what the story was kind of about, and he took that and wrote a first draft of the script, which he sent me, and I instantly knew it was all wrong when I read it, but immediately became more clear on how the story did go. We went back and forth on a few drafts, and I’d write him some scenes, and then he’d send me some more drafts and we’d narrow it down from there, so working like that, writers block wasn’t really a thing. Once the decision was made to actually make the movie, I took over the writing and there were a number of drafts done at that point. I would say that writers block wasn’t too big an issue at that point either, though when it did occur, whiskey was usually the solution, haha.
6) When you are writing a screenplay, how much do you think about how your text will be translated into a visual medium?
When I write, I’m thinking very much how this plays out practically, because I’m not writing in the abstract, if I’m writing a screenplay, it is getting made, and so I’m very conscious of what it takes to do certain things on a production level, especially an indie level, and I try to be realistic in how I write scenes, and where I place them, so they are practical to make.
7) When inspiration is waning, when you feel creatively sapped, what do you do? How do you stay fresh?
To me, if I’m feeling uninspired, music can often be a great creative kick starter. I like to make a playlist of songs that match what I’m feeling go out for a walk and just let the music kinda sweep me away for a bit, and then as I’m walking start to feel more inspired, and start working out story details and scenes in my head.
8) What are your thoughts on Justin Hartley playing Eric Laziter, Arielle Kebbel playing Ally, and James Kyson playing Kal?
Working with the likes of Justin, Arielle, and James was an absolutely amazing experience. Justin is such a fantastic actor, it’s not easy to be the lead actor in a movie that is completely about you, I mean it’s his story, and he is in every scene in the movie, and to see that guy come in day after day, and just nail it every day, was such a treat to just experience, let alone be able to collaborate with on a creative level.
I like to say James Kyson is the hardest working man in Hollywood, I mean go look and see how many movies and tv shows this guy does, he’s incredible, and he totally steals the movie at times here. He brings this quirkiness and humor, but also great sincerity to the character of Kal, that is just so much fun to see.
Arielle, wow what can I say about her, working with her was almost a dream come true. I was a big fan of her work, especially films like Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best and Supporting Characters, so when I had an opportunity to work with her on this, I was absolutely ecstatic, and she did not disappoint. She plays a really key role in the film, but we only had her on set for a few days, but the amount of work, effort, and preparation she put into the role and character was inspiring, and she is so amazingly talented. I remember our very last day of filming was with her, and it’s our last scene, last shot we are filming for the movie, and we were doing her close up, and her performance was so good, we did a second take, and was just as good, and then I remember thinking we were good, and that was it, it’s a wrap, but I wanted to ask for one more take, just so I could sit there at the monitor and watch act a little more, she was that good.
9) What films have been the most inspiring or influential to you and why?
I’ve always been inspired by the smaller indie films. Kevin Smith’s Mallrats and Chasing Amy, which I pay a bit of homage to in Another Time, and Edward Burns work are the type of films that really got me to go out and make movies myself.
10) Growing up, did you wanted to be a director first or a screenwriter?
Growing up, working in movies was never something I even thought of as a reality. Once I did, it was always directing, and writing was just a necessary evil I had to do so I’d have something to direct. My views on that may have matured somewhat, but I still see myself as a director first. I would be happy to direct a script written by someone else, but I think I’d have a really hard time writing a script for someone else to direct.
11) What’s your idea of a downtime?
Downtime for me is really only a few things, movies, which I’m not sure counts as downtime, music, I still love to write and play music, and sports, both spectating and participating.
12) What is the best thing that ever happened to you while shooting Another Time?
The best thing that happened to me making Another Time was just the amazing opportunity to work with such an amazing and well accomplished cast. Besides Justin, James, and Arielle, we also had heavy hitters like Mark Valley and Chrishell (Stause) Hartley play key roles, and Jake McLaughlin even came down for a couple days to play a small role. When you’re able to put a cast of that caliber together, it really makes a lot of my job easy.
13) What do you love about directing in general?
I think the thing I love most about directing is taking a concept that was once just an idea in my head, then collaborating with a group of talented and creative people both in front of and behind the camera to make that idea come to life. It’s the teamwork environment and the people you work with that really make the filmmaking process special, and I really enjoy kind of captaining that ship.
14) What is your favorite line from Another Time?
Favorite line, wow, that’s a good one, do I go funny here, do I go inspirational? Inside joke perhaps? Ok here we go, and this is more of an interchange I guess, but there is a scene where Chrishell’s character Julia is talking about how success is defined by the type of impact you make on the world and Justin’s character Eric responds that he helps people plan for retirement, and that is impactful, and Julia responds to him “You help rich people get richer, that’s like teaching fish how to swim, it’s pretty low impact” and I just love the way Chrishell delivered that line. There’s another line, and this is more on the poetic side, where Arielle’s character Ally says “You know, by the time we really figure out what we want in life, most of the time it’s too late. Opportunity’s lost.” That’s another line where Arielle just gave a great delivery I think it’s an idea that a lot of people can relate to.
15) What advice can you give to people wanting to get into the business?
How to get into the business? I’m still trying to figure that out myself, haha. It’s tough, it’s competitive. My best advice, or at least the path I took, was just to force my way in. I wanted to be a filmmaker, but you can’t call yourself a filmmaker if you haven’t made a film, so I went out and made my first film What We Can’t Have for less than $10,000. I scraped the money together, found some people willing to help me, bought a cheap camera and some lights at Home Depot, wrote a script and made a movie. Learned so much along the way, and made some lifelong friends in the process. From there, I did Another Time, which I was determined to do with or without any backing. With this film, I was lucky enough to get some high level talent, who liked the script, interested, and because of that more doors were opened for me. Alan Pietruszewski, who produced the movie and plays Dr. Goyer in it was a big help in making things happen on this one. At the end of the day though, a lot of what I’ve been able to do has come from just working hard and doing my own thing, as well as working on other projects as well. The more people you can collaborate with, the more potential you have to find opportunities in the future, but don’t let money or lack thereof deter you. Write a script, make a movie, and see what happens, rinse repeat, you’d be surprised what can come of it. A lot of it also really depends on what type of films you want to make. For me, I do character stories, which really focus on dialogue and performance vice action and set pieces. For those types of stories, don’t waste your time making short films. You will get so much more mileage out of a feature, and you don’t need a lot of money to do them. Look at Edward Burns, he did his film Newlyweds a few years ago for $9k. For high concept stuff, short form might suit you better, but it’s got be really really good to stand out. Less is even more in that case. Too many filmmakers try to do high concept on a budget and stretch themselves too thin and end up with something mediocre. One incredible minute of footage is better than five average minutes. At the end of the day you gotta ask yourself what you want to do, and do something that suits that goal.
16) If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?
Wait for the Movie
17) Last question, if you could time travel would you do it? If yes, what reason would you go back in time for?
I might, depends on the side effects and consequences of said travel. My initial answer is to like do something silly, like go back to the 50’s and start a band called The Beatles and play all Beatles songs before John, Paul, George and Ringo can get around to doing it. I could do something like assassinate Hitler before he takes power, but then what if that actually spins the world into an even darker place? WWII doesn’t happen, and America doesn’t experience the economic boom to follow, some other dictator pops up elsewhere but we are ill equipped to fight them now, aliens take over and now we’re all living in the Matrix. Maybe it’s better to leave well enough alone. I’ve seen The Butterfly Effect.
What's not to love about a time travel movie. You should take a chance and watch Another Time on Friday, September 14 in theaters or on demand. I also want to say that I really appreciate Mr. Thomas Hennessy for answering my questions. You can clearly tell by the interview that he is truly ambitious and hardworking director/screenwriter. He's definitely going places. Be the first to experience his latest movie Another Time . Thanks as always for talking your time to visit my blog. Take care and I hope your day just got a lot better.
Mr. Henrik Tamm has worked as a conceptual designer in Hollywood for such film as Black Panther, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Edge of Tomorrow, Shrek, The Chronicles of Naria and much more. He's also an illustrator and, at times, an artist. For now I'll mainly focus on his superb talent as a children author in which he wrote about a Ninja named Timmy. This outstanding book series has been translated in eleven languages and so far there has been four books in the series with more to come. So fellow readers, thanks for stopping by to get to know Mr. Henrik Tamm and his current work.
1. How did the idea of Ninja Timmy came to you?
While visiting Beijing, some friends and I were eating cake one evening on the roof of a building in the oldest part of the city. A grey cat approached us from across the rooftops, insisting on having a taste. It made me wonder what his life was like, who is friends were, and what he might look like in a ninja suit.
2. Do you ever get writer’s block when writing Ninja Timmy series? What do you do to get back on track?
Sure, of course I do. I often just skip the section I’m having difficulty with, and write a scene that’s clearer in my head, or simply more fun. That in itself will often inform the section I left behind.
3. How many drafts did you do for the first Ninja Timmy novel?
I wrote the first draft very fast, while hanging out at Lake Como in Italy. After that followed countless revisions and many rounds with my editor. I forget how many.
4. What’s your favorite sentence/dialogue from Ninja Timmy series?
I like the Blue Rabbit’s inner monologue. His reasoning for justifying his actions. I think it’s good because it’s truthful - anybody can identify with wanting a real soul. I tend to have the most fun when writing the antagonist point of view.
5. Do you have a goal to write a certain number of words a week or when inspiration strikes?
I don’t, really. But if I’m not on a film, I do write every day. Sometimes I write three thousand words, other times fifty. A good day for me is a thousand words. I’d love to say that I have a strict schedule, but I don’t. I tend to write in spurts. A whole chapter in a single evening, then spend several days tinkering with it. I do want to get to a place where I have a regular work-schedule.
6. Is there a possibility that Ninja Timmy series could be in visual media?
Yes, and I’d love that. My background is with film, and I think the books would make a wonderful kids television series or even a film. There has been talks with various studios, but nothing has materialized yet. I’ve been approached about computer games as well, and am open to that.
7. What is the biggest surprise that you experienced after becoming a writer?
How lonely it can be. In film, I was always surrounded by other creatives, and we were all working together to create something bigger than one person could ever produce. I love being the sole author/creator, but I miss the camaraderie of film.
8. Where is your favorite place to write?
Lake Como. Ha. that’s where I wrote the first book, and it was great. A bit of a once off, but it got things going. Now, I write mostly at home in my studio, but also venture out sometimes - cafes or bars. It’s tricky to find a spot that’s private, yet buzzing, if that makes sense. I’ll often wear my earphones and listen to the sound of rain where I write.
9. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
For Timmy, here and there, and not for very long. Honestly, I create most of those stories from scratch. It’s fantasy, and I love making up worlds and the characters who inhabit that world. That’s what I’m good at. Making stuff up. If there is a detail about how a submarine works, or how steam power might make a motorcycle run, I’ll read about that, or watch a video about it. But I have other book projects in the works that are much more research-heavy, involving the inter-war years, and old Scandinavian history. Too much research can bog me down, so it’s a balancing act.
10. As a young person, who did you look up to most in regard to illustrating and writing?
As a kid, I was a huge Frank Frazetta fan. Star Wars made a huge impact on me as well. I later worked with Joe Johnston, one of the main illustrators on the first Star Wars films. He was directing at the time, but I remember once he came into my office and corrected my perspective on a drawing. That was pretty special.
As I matured, I adored the painting of Anders Zorn, the Swedish artist.
For writing, I read tons of fantasy as a kid, everything from Tolkien to the Dragonlance series. And of course Astrid Lindgren! Nowadays, I love the writing of Paul Auster, Neil Gaiman (who doesn’t), and find much joy in Le Carré. His writing is just so elegant.
11. What is your current favorite book?
The Golem and the Jinni, by Helene Wecker. I also loved Pax, by Sara Pennypacker.
12. Are you a morning writer or night writer?
Night, definitely. Something about the stillness, and knowing everybody responsible is getting a good night’s rest for the workday tomorrow.
13. (fill in the blank question): If I wasn’t afraid I would_ignore this question__
Ha. Seriously, fear hasn’t really been a problem for me. Not as far as my work goes, anyway. I decided early on I wanted to be a conceptual illustrator for film, and I did that. To a very high level. Shrek is known across the world, and I had a ton to do with that film. I’m proud of that. Then I decided to start writing, and that’s going pretty well. Oh, I do love racing cars, but don’t have the balls to risk my life the way you’d have to to become really good.
14. What’s your favorite thing to do in the winter?
Just walk around in the snow, if there is any. The forest, the city, it doesn’t matter. I used to ski a lot. I live mostly in Los Angeles now, and rain is our winter fare.
15. What do you like best about yourself?
My imagination and my determination. It’s a tie.
16. What advice do you wish someone had given you when you were younger?
To be smarter with money, I guess. Buy a house, settle down sooner, that kind of thing. But I was never very good at listening. Then again, if I had been, I might not have become an artist or a writer.
17. As conceptual designer in Hollywood, which movie did you have the most difficulty creating its world and how did you overcome that challenge?
Each film poses its own unique challenge. I think you have to pay attention to the tone of the story and specific taste of the project’s helm. That said, the first Narnia film was tricky, since not much prior art had been created for C. S. Lewis’ world. I wanted to push it more fantastical, more whimsical, but the director wanted to stay more realistic, so I had to respect that wish.
18. Last question, what is the one thing everyone should eat or drink if one should visit Sweden?
Sill! Or herring, as it’s known to the rest of the world. There are many varieties, and is often locally made, cured with local spices. Goes well with snaps, a very strong spirit. Each country has its own specialty snaps.
I'll definitely try out sill (a.k.a herring) wherever I find one especially if I get the chance to visit Sweden. Thanks to Mr. Henrik Tamm for agreeing to do this interview. Everyone should look into his Ninja Timmy series. If you want to get to know more of him then please check out his website as well:www.henriktamm.com/about/. As always, thank to you for visiting my blog. Take care and I hope your day is going well so far. I hope for your return again.
For the second week in a row, book-based film, Crazy Rich Asians, ruled the box-office with a superb $25 million. It dropped only 5% which is unheard of nowadays. The movie's domestic total stands at $76. 8 million. Overall, the movie's total is $83 million. The astonish performance of this movie was first a novel written by Kevin Kwan.
The Meg, another book-based film, added another $13 million this past week. It has passed the $100 million mark domestically. More impressive is the movie's international results. It made about $303 million for an overall total of $408 million.
These two films are showing Hollywood that investing and making book-related stories is a sure thing. Just hoping that many more books out there would be made into films especially self-published stories. The Martian should be a perfect example of a successful self-published story turned into a blockbuster movie.
Topping the box office this weekend is the book-based film Crazy Rich Asians. It made $34 million domestically ($25 million of that was from Wednesday and Thursday). The acclaimed novel was written by Kevin Kwan and it stars Constance Wu, Gemma Chan, Awkwafina, along with Ken Jeong and Michelle Yeoh. John M. Chu (Now You See Me 2, Step Up 2: The Streets) is the director.
Another book-based film, The Meg, stood at number 2, making another $21 million domestically while making $67 million internationally. Its total now stands at $314 million.
Mr. Anthony Mackie will join the cast of The Woman in the Window that include Amy Adams and Julianne More. The best-selling novel was written by A.J. Finn. The director of this movie will be Mr. Joe Wright while Mr. Tracy Letts is writing the screenplay. Fox 2000 is the studio doing the film adaptation of the mystery-thriller novel that is The Woman in the Window.
The novel has been on the No. 1 New York Times Bestseller list and has sold one million copies in the United States alone. It's currently in thirty-eight languages and has topped the charts in numerous countries.
On a personal note, I will be doing a blog interview with the author A.J. Finn and will post it sometime this year. So, I hope everyone is keeping a close eye on the development of this film and check out the novel of course. This film will be released on October 4th 2019.
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