The Official Option Announcement
NYT bestselling author Gail Carriger's SOULLESS, a humorous Jane Austen-style steampunk fantasy about an avowed spinster who, being soulless, can negate supernatural ability and is thus shunned by London's society vampires until one rudely attacks her, upsetting the social balance and revealing a dark cult, to Parallel Films with screenwriter Ted Elliot (Pirates of The Caribbean and Shrek) attached, by Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency, Michael Cendejas of Lynn Pleshette Agency, and Wayne Alexander of ANLF.
And, one more time, what does this mean?
The announcement says SOULLESS in actually it's all 5 Parasol Protectorate Books that have been optioned for TV. Also, FYI, in legal speak "film" means TV, Movie, Mini Series, theater, any or all. My books were specifically not optioned for a movie.
- What is an option? An option right to try to raise backing and interest from Talent (writer, director, actors) to try to put together the possibility of some kind of show. In this case a television or mini series.
- Who got it? Parallel Films is a small but lovely independent film company out of Ireland has optioned the Parasol Protectorate series for one year with a possibility of re-upping for two. They are behind such projects as Breakfast on Pluto and Kingdom. Screen writer Ted Elliot is interested, but I think the announcement might have overstated his involvement.
- When? Could be within the next two years, could be never. Unlikely to hit airways for some time. That's how options work.
- Were? Should the project come together, the pitch would go out to both UK and US film stations, both network and cable. Yes, that would include the BBC but there is no guarantee they would pick it up.
- Why? My suggested pitch was: True Blood meets Downton Abby ~ only funny. We shall see if they use it.
- How? My books have two things working against them, which add up to the same end result. 1. They are set in the past in exotic locals. 2. They have fancy steampunk elements and lots of supernatural special effects. 3. Result = expensive.
Others discuss the option.
The Parasol Protectorate Facebook Group discusses casting.
And now I have a novel to write and edits incoming. Next week looks to be busy in that typeity-clackity staring-at-screens kind of way. An author's life is so much frantic on the inside, stationary on the outside. No wonder we have a well deserved reputation for going insane.
GAIL'S DAILY DOSE
Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Fixing a Stalled Scene
PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Working rough draft. Release date Fall 2013. Gotta get these peeps floating.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Working promo schemes.Deportment & Deceit ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Third draft handed in to editor, awaiting edits.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Reviewing chapter by chapter, each drops on YenPlus by subscription. Print release tentatively Dec. 2012.
BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series! Really, DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first!
The Omnibus hardback editions are limited run through the SciFi Bookclub only.
The manga editions, Vol. available in print, Vol. 2 by subscription to YenPlus.
Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!
The first Finishing School book ~ Out Feb. 5, 2013
Quote of the Day:
"Not only did Isabel frequent Turkish baths and spend days on end in harems, but she had taken to smoking the narghileh, or water pipe. Her fondness for wearing man's dress when she went traveling with Richard, especially, was considered not just eccentric, but thoroughly reprehensible."
~ Famous ambassadress Isabel Burton or Brazil and Damascus in the 1860s, about whom a movie would be wonderful