Last week, Smash Media publicly announced that they were going forward with a film adaptation of my book Zombie Blondes. The option for the film rights were picked up over two years ago, so it was exciting to hear the idea was moving forward. Plus, my name got into Variety, which is super cool. Two writers have been hired to write the script, Lior Chefetz and Joe Swanson. Both have written and directed a number of short films which look interesting.
Since the announcement, a lot of people have asked me what kind of input I have in the script. The answer is, that at this stage, not very much. Back when the whole process began, I did have a few conversations with the producer, Harry Winer, about certain additions that would need to be made to the story. I know some people hate it when a book is changed for the movie, but the truth is that it's often necessary.
Books, especially books like mine written in the first person, tend to be cerebral, giving a lot of personal introspection from the character's point of view. A movie on the other hand needs to have a certain level of drama play out on screen. So we discussed possible scenarios that could be added to fill out the story and were on the same page as to what needed to happen. I felt very confident in handing the story over to a screenwriter. It's a very different kind of writing compared to novel writing and that's what they've been trained to do.
At this point, there's still no guarantee that the film will be coming to a theater near you anytime soon, but it's a great feeling to know it's moved onto the next step. And judging from the overwhelming excitement in the horror blog world, I have a good feeling about our chances. Plus, it already as it's own page on IMDb (and now, so do I).