Saturday, April 14, 2012

M is for Movie: My A to Z Wish List

Some of my wishes are small ones and some are big ones, but this one is gigantic.

I wish one of my books, published or unpublished, would make it to the big screen.

But hey, don't all writers wish that?

Actually, I'd settle for a television movie...or a mini-series. With the aging of the television-watching audience, you'd think a 60-something brother and sister mystery series would be of interest, especially if their active 80-something parents were regular parts of the cast.

A year or so ago I sent copies of the two Sylvia and Willie mysteries to an agent in Los Angeles who has contacts in the film industry, but sadly, he said he wasn't the right person to represent my work. I decided to put that notion on the back burner and get back to writing.

I'm now working on standalone suspense novels. I invariably look at my WIPs and think, "This one would make a great movie." Maybe someday.

17 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Pat - Oh, I know just what you mean about this one! Honestly I don't write for the purpose of getting something on the screen, but wouldn't it be great!?

Jemi Fraser said...

That would be awesome! It would be fun to see our characters come to life on the screen!

Medeia Sharif said...

I've daydreamed about the same thing. It would be awesome. I can picture it with two of my WIPs, but not the others. With some projects I don't see the TV or movie aspect in them.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I share that wish! CassaStar, epic science fiction blockbuster movie...

Stephanie V said...

I'm voting for a mini-series! I like them better than a one-time-only movie. That concept sounds like one I could get into. Maybe it could move to a front burner someday? There's a lot of us baby boomers would relate.

Jenny said...

I love this big wish! And I love when a good book gets made into a good movie. It makes for twice the enjoyment!

I'll be in line to buy tickets for your movie when this one comes true.

Donna Martin said...

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Donna L Martin
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Arlee Bird said...

I tend to think that way too. In fact, when I write I try to visualize what I would imagine on screen and write it down as I see it.


Lee
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Nancy Stewart said...

Keep wishing, and working! All the best success to you...

If you've the time, come on over to my blog. I'm the author of the Bella and Britt series for kids.

Thanks for posting. I do like your blog.

Nicole said...

For some writers, having their book published is like the holy grail while getting a big screen adaptation would be icing on the cake. The thing about the film industry is that the opportunities don't stop at one agent. For every one that isn't the right fit to represent your work, there is probably someone who is the right fit.

You just have to keep plugging away to find out whether a big screen adaptation is a possibility for the particular story that you want to turn into a movie or if there are other markets worth exploring such as Broadway or TV shows.

Here is a possible shortcut that you could try if big screen adaptations are important to you...instead of focusing solely on an agent, try to peak the interest of an actor or actress who you would want to star in the film version and then go from there. A lot can be put into motion if say, Brad Pitt (for example, I'm not saying he needs to be in your movie) read your novel, loved it and then mentioned it to a producer who he likes, to try and make something happen.

Cheers!

~Nicole
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Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

It's funny because I don't know that I'd want my novels/stories up on the big screen. I'd be afraid they'd get ruined. I hate when I see bad movie adaptations of novels that I've loved. Of course, sometimes it works out but other times... yikes!

Nicole said...

I think we all share at least a little in this dream. :) I know I do!

Name: Luana Krause said...

Wonderful wish! It would be great to choose your cast for who would play your characters.

The Golden Eagle said...

It would be amazing to see something you wrote onscreen!

cleemckenzie said...

You never know what will happen. All you need is one director, one actor, one screenwriter to see your story and connect with it, and voila, it becomes performance art. Here's to that in your future.

Beth Stilborn said...

Best wishes with your dream! When you're signing a contract for any of your books to be published, make sure that rights regarding screen adaptations are clear and to your best advantage.

Have you ever considered writing a screenplay?

Pat Tillett said...

That would be an amazing thing. I'm thinking that first, I better get busy on actually wrapping one of the several projects I have sitting around in various states of completion. Not a one of them even close...