Monday, July 28, 2008

Acacia: The Film? Yeah, baby. (Well, You Know, Maybe... But, Yeah, Baby!)

OMG. Right, so... Yeah... Am I making sense yet? OK. Um... lemme start again.

Right, so... A year ago I had a Hollywood experience. At last year's ComicCon I hung out with Zach Schiff-Abrams (a movie producer-type with Michael DeLuca Productions). We ate many shrimp, mussels, watched young women dance beside flaming torches, drank lovely booze (am I mixing metaphors?), went up to roof top parties (before other people, you know - jumping the queue, etc.), didn't talk to Sean Young (although we could have), listened to silliness, learned to love silliness, just missed a personal intro to Ridley Scott, did see that guy who directed 300 riding in a... golf cart or something... (memory fails, but geeze his girlfriend was... Wait, I'm off topic) um... (Wait. Note to self: never move to LA.) ... but anyway...

... and we talked about making Acacia into a film. Zach was well into it. He knew the book. He got it. He believed he could be part of making a major film from it. He convinced Relativity Media that this was a good idea. They bought. Yahoo! (Not trademarked.) Fast forward, um... well, twelve months. (During which time I was told NOT to talk about it.)

And here we are. I'll say more about this soon, but for tonight let me point you toward...

Variety

and

The Hollywood Reporter.

And, yikes, news travels fast about such things. I got an email from a German friend asking me about this before this even posted, and now, a few hours in Elbakin has it too, as does movieplayer.it and lots of other film watching sources worldwide. Wow...

Yes, I still know the chances are it will never happen. But still... Yahoo!

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34 Comments:

Blogger The Real Deal said...

Wow! This is so exciting, David! Not just for us, the fans, but especially for you, I bet! We (the fans) need to band together and come up with a grand marketing scheme so we can get people lining up to sold out theaters. =)

(Just helping you dream big!)

12:44 AM  
Blogger paranoyd said...

That is fantastic, David. I am very happy for you. You totally deserve this.

Congrats!

12:55 AM  
Anonymous Drew said...

David,

That's awesome news. Congrats. And never say never...


best,
Drew

7:14 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth Bear said...

Congrats1 That's awesome!

7:34 AM  
Blogger Jim C. Hines said...

That's great news! Congratulations!

7:38 AM  
Blogger Constance said...

Totally awesome! We'll be anxiously waiting!

9:23 AM  
Blogger Neth said...

wow - congrats. I hope it happens!

better get cracking on book 2

9:31 AM  
Blogger Erin Underwood said...

Yeah for you!

I am so happy for you!!! Fantastic news!!!

11:35 AM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Thanks, folks. I appreciate the kind wishes.

Hey, Elizabeth! I enjoyed your talk on writing Dust at Readercon. I assumed I'd bump into you later in the con, but that didn't happen. Next time for sure.

Neth, I AM cracking on Book 2! Definitely.

Erin, Thanks for all those exclamation points!!!!!!!!

11:37 AM  
Anonymous inklings said...

Jesus, that's almost as good as the giant tooth.

My best,
Bryan

11:50 AM  
Blogger Sandra, your tropical tour guide said...

Woo hoo! Great news and very exciting. Did I say woo? Hoo? Woo hoo!

12:11 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Yes, Bryan, and not nearly as painful. (Yet.)

Sandra, it kinda makes me happy you didn't talk me out of writing fantasy...

12:22 PM  
Blogger Michael Damian Thomas said...

Congratulations!

12:25 PM  
Blogger Tia Nevitt said...

Oh, man would Acacia ever make a kick-ass movie. Your book was so visual, that it seems natural to put it in a visual format. Congratulations and here's hoping it happens!

2:41 PM  
Blogger Jim Van Pelt said...

This is wonderful news. Major congrats.

4:19 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Michael, Tia, Jim,

Thank you! Think positive thoughts for me, will you?

-David.

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Erika Hamerquist said...

I will always prefer books to film, but yeah: Yay! Congrats! Wonderful news! Couldn't happen to a better book or a nicer guy!

P.S. Ordered Gabriel's Story yesterday. A friend gave me a B&N certificate for my birthday, so I got that and The Terror.

5:09 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Erika,

Thanks for picking up Gabriel's Story! Very kind of you.

And, yes, I'm a book person, too, obviously. But I also watch a film most nights, so I'm kind of a movie fan too. I know they'll have to make many changes/cuts if they do succeed in making this a film, but right now I feel fine with that. My book is my book; the film will be a cousin to it and might end up looking very different, but that's okay by me. (He says with a dose of rosy optimism.)

6:16 PM  
Anonymous Greg Wilson said...

Congratulations, David--that's great, and well deserved!

9:56 PM  
Blogger Joya said...

That is AMAZING. Congratulations! :)

10:39 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Joining the chorus--congratulations!

10:49 PM  
Blogger paranoyd said...

Good, David. Keep that attitude about the film vs the book. They are two very different animals, and may only peripherally resemble each other.But your book is still there on the shelf and available, and if the film leads people to the book, it's a win.

Erika, I hope you enjoy The Terror. It is a singular reading experience.

11:18 PM  
Blogger Just_Me said...

Hooray for you! This is excellent news. I can't wait to see what you guys cook up!

11:24 PM  
Anonymous Greg Wilson said...

This actually got me so interested, David, I wrote a post about why the book-to-movie thing is so cool, despite the risks...I'd be interested in your take.

11:45 PM  
OpenID theangryblackwoman said...

GIANT SQUEE

Congrats, man. This is completely awesome (and well deserved). here's hoping that it all actually comes about. *cross fingers... and does happy dance*

10:05 AM  
Blogger Dirk said...

Congrats and I hope you get a big fat paycheck out of it.

10:45 AM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Yeah, for the happy dance!

Hey Greg,

Good post. It's all terrible reasonable and pretty much spot on the way I feel as well.

Dirk,

You're such an angry-looking puppy.

-David.

12:29 PM  
Blogger Amras said...

Very cool, David. I hope it all comes together for you.

5:59 PM  
Blogger a cat of impossible colour said...

I haven't dropped by for a little while, so only just came across this - can I just say, WOW! You rock. Acacia will make a GREAT movie. Hope it all works out.

9:19 PM  
Anonymous stephe said...

*jumping up and down*
*jumping up and down*
*jumping up and down*

Hot damn!

1:20 AM  
Blogger CaroleMcDonnell said...

Congratulations, David! -C

9:35 AM  
Anonymous Nora said...

Holy crap, SERIOUSLY?? That's so cool!

10:39 AM  
Blogger Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu, PhD said...

Hee hee heeeee!!!!!!!

1:41 PM  
Blogger Alaya said...

That is SO completely awesome, David. Huge congrats! I can't wait to see it onscreen ;)

5:49 AM  

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