Catching Up On Things: Film Adaptation

Ridley Scott, director of Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator, and The Martian

There has been a lot of news recently, so much that I have not been able to even blog about it. I’m going to post briefly on each item daily for a while just to get it all out.

51v1t48NzmL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_First: the major film news regarding a book we published at Raw Dog Screaming Press, Wraiths of the Broken Land by S. Craig Zahler. You frequently hear about literary material being optioned, but in this case 20th Century Fox went a step further with the commitment to make Wraiths of the Broken Land their follow-up to The Martian, reuniting director Ridley Scott, screenwriter Drew Goddard (Daredevil, The Cabin in the Woods), and producers Simon Kinberg, Michael Schaefer, and Aditya Sood.

Jen and I have enjoyed our publishing partnership with Zahler, going on to publish his science fiction novel Corpus Chrome, Inc. after doing Wraiths. While all of that is rewarding, it was especially nice to see his film Bone Tomahawk–which he wrote and directed–do so well on its release last autumn, since he had been fighting an uphill battle to make that film the whole time we knew him.

fid16068There was a ton of publicity once the deal broke on May 10th, and of course sales have skyrocketed. Unfortunately Amazon ran out of paperback copies in a single day, and couldn’t keep the book in stock for two weeks straight, but it seems they’ve finally ordered enough copies to keep up with the demand. Of all the articles my favorites were at Fangoria, Yahoo Finance, and Geek Tyrant, but there was also good coverage at Entertainment Weekly, Variety, and Deadline.

Zahler is preparing to start production on his next directorial effort, Brawl on Cell Block 99, by the end of the summer, and is also going to be writing the Puppet Master relaunch. There’s more big news in the works, but for now all I can say is read Corpus Chrome, Inc. and Wraiths of the Broken Land to stay ahead of the crowd.