I’ve Written a Few Screenplays, Too.

Before I published my first novel, I actually wrote 12 screenplays.  None of them were ever published, I had some fleeting interests, but nothing ever materialized.  I was even fortunate enough to be a semi-finalist in the Nicholl Fellowship.  Still bugs me that I lost out on that one.  The point is that I had a life before novels.  In fact, I think writing the screenplays was a great training ground for writing the novels.  I learned a lot about story, structure, dialogue, and character development.   You can read my most critically acclaimed screenplay by clicking here: Never Living.  This is quite a divergence from my novels.  It’s not sci-fi or horror or young adult for that matter.  Three guys from three different generations all living in the same state of misery.   BTW – The language is a little rough.

One last thing – the email address and phone number on the title page are both no longer in use. 

Viggo Mortensen to Star in The Road

They are adapting Cormac McCarthy’s brilliant novel, The Road, for the big screen and Viggo Mortensen is playing the father. The son is being played by Kodi Smit-McPhee (Yeah, me either). The book was so incredible I don’t have a lot of faith the movie will live up to the original. Mortensen is a great choice so that does give me some hope. This is from NY Times article:

Viggo Mortensen, who plays the father, said the same thing. “It’s a love story that’s also an endurance contest,” he explained, and quickly added: “I mean that in a positive way. They’re on this difficult journey, and the father is basically learning from the son. So if the father-son thing doesn’t work, then the movie doesn’t work. The rest of it wouldn’t matter. It would never be more than a pretty good movie. But with Kodi in it, it has a chance to be an extremely good movie, maybe even a great one.”

I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again. You could almost replace the words “The Road” and with the words “The Old Man and The Sea,” and you wouldn’t skip a beat. Same theme. Same sort of literary genius behind the work.

You can read the entire article here: At World’s End, Honing a Father-Son Dynamic

There Will Be Blood and I Will Be Bored

Holy crap did There Will Be Blood suck!  I tried to it give a chance because it was much beloved by the critics, but I had to give up after hour number five.  It’s the English Patient all over again.  I don’t get it.  No Country For Old Men was a much, much better movie.  The book rocks, too.