First, let me say I'm absolutely thrilled. Fox, with Mel Gibson's production company, has optioned the series for a feature film. The producer who made this deal, Susan Landau, has been working to do so since the first book. She's incredibly invested in the series--and a big fan of the books. That's a big one. She also gets it. Even bigger. Two of her previous credits are Cool Runnings--really warm and charming movie about the Jamaican Olympic bobsled team, and the more current and lovely film, The Ideal Husband.
My agent likes Susan very much, and after having a phone conversation with Susan, I see why. She's smart, straight-shooting, funny.
Mel Gibson's ICON gets projects done. This is not a guarantee that the In Death movie will get made, but it's a very good place to be, and improves the odds. You can't get a movie made unless it's optioned--and the chances of getting a movie well made shoot up considerably when you have people like this involved.
If it's done, I'll be thrilled. If it's done well I'll be ecstatic. Even so, will it be absolutely perfect and absolutely please every reader? Impossible. It will be the movie based on the novels by. And hopefully good enough, and successfully enough to spawn sequels.
I'm happy to be in Susan's hands--she also optioned two of my very early books years ago. They didn't get made, but she saw something, and she believes my work will translate well to the screen. How can I not like this woman.
I think it's fair to say that the "In Death" Movie seems to be in very good hands. I will of course track the progress of the movie, and will be posting any news I find right here. I am currently working on putting together a special section of the site here dedicated to the movie where you can go for any and all information. If any of you have any info to share, please post it here and share it with all of us.
Looking forward to what the movie will bring!