Monday, June 18, 2007

Has Hollywood Run Out of Their Own Ideas?

If I sound condescending, I might be. However, it has nothing to do with the two books, The Arcanum and The Historian, I got word were being optioned for films in the next couple of years.


Cinematical reports that while Miramax is passing on the project, Thomas Wheeler's fantasy novel, The Arcanum, was picked up by Gold Circle Films. The plot of this yummy work of fiction revolves around a group of paranormal investigators led by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Eat your heart out Scooby Doo, because this gumshoe dream team features such extraordinaries as escape-artist Harry Houdini and notorious voodoo priestess Marie Laveau as well as a cameo appearance from H.P. Lovecraft!


According to Cinematical, "Moviegoers are about to be up to their (succulent) necks in vampire movies," and the other novel headed for the big screen is Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian. Sony bought the rights to this book before it even hit stores...and paid a generous seven figures for it as well! Weighing in at a whopping 642 pages, The Historian should provide plenty of fodder for screenwriters. Castle ruins, moonlit descents into burial crypts, a medieval book and a cache of yellowed letters and the search for Vlad the Impaler begins...continue at your own peril with this creepy debut thriller from Elizabeth Kostova!
Happy Reading!

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