Friday, September 17, 2010

The Longest Journey Begins With A Single Step (In Black Jeans)

I was so busy yesterday telling you about all the things I lost that I never got around to telling you about the thing I found.

I went shopping at Macy's and found black jeans. I've been looking for a pair of black jeans for (approximately) ever, and was so excited I bought two pairs.

Speaking of shopping (this is the kind of transition us professional writer types know how to make, so I trust you're duly impressed. Or dully impressed as the case may be), in my emails this morning was a shopping agreement for Life As We Knew It, The Dead And The Gone, and This World We Live In.

You may be wondering what a shopping agreement is. I certainly wondered about it, even as I pretended to read it before signing and sending it back (by real mail, with the next to last of my Katharine Hepburn stamps).

Okay. Here goes. A small high class movie/television production company wants to make two movies out of LAWKI, d&g and TWWLI, only, naturally enough, they don't want to pay for it (I didn't want to pay for my black jeans either, but I had a gift card). So they've asked my official permission to "shop" the concept around for a month or two and see if they can find someplace that'll put up the money.

If they can find someplace (or someone; I'm certainly not opposed to generous eccentric multimillion dollar backer types) to put up the money, they negotiate their end and my agent negotiates my end and we all go to the Cannes Film Festival together. Although there may be a step or two in between, like options and actually making the movies. I could just really use a vacation, and I hear that Cannes is quite nice and people wear black jeans there for every occasion.

If the small high class movie/television production company can't find someplace or someone willing to pay for making the movies, then in a month or two, we bid a tearful farewell. I get to keep the jeans. And my fantasies.

And Scooter gets to keep the Oscar!


kylie2450 said...

I've been dreaming of a movie for these books for (aproxximately) ever! I would absoulutely love to see these stories on the big screen
and I hope that they can find the money to make it happen.
My fingers are crossed!!!!

qwertyuiop said...

OH MY GOSH, OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!! okay! oh my gosh. movie LAWKI/ d&g/ TW!!!!! This. will. be. one. of. the. awesomest. things. on. EARTH! just like kylie2450 my fingers are double crossed. but in a good way.

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hi kylie2450 and qwertyuiop (aka Jon) and thanks for your comments and good wishes-

It'll be fun to see what happens, although I don't know how much I'll get told. If there's good news, I'm sure someone will let me know, but I doubt I'll hear about the "Maybe"s and "No"s.

But one way or another, I'll let everyone hear know, so they can uncross their fingers!

Anonymous said...

I really really really hope the money for this roject is found. I think this would be the only movie I'd see on opening day.

Caroline said...

This post made my day! OMG, it would be fantastic if they made movies out of those books. I've been wanting a movie of LAWKI since I first read it. Hopefully this happens :D

Friendly Neighbourhood Bookseller said...

Looks like it's time to start up the 'who should play Matt/Mom/Miranda' debate again!

Seriously, congrats, Susan. Couldn't happen to a better series. I'll be looking forward to seeing it in about five years...

{PS My word is 'ingsty'. You're not {a}ingsty about the movie's chances, are you?}

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hi to Crystal and Caroline and Friendly Neighbourhood Bookseller-

It would be great if it happens, but it's out of my hands.

I have to admit, I'd go to opening day also, maybe even in my black jeans!

Anonymous said...

Black jeans. Tuxedo jacket. Heels. Vibrantly unnaturally red hair. Large, black-framed glasses. Cigarette holder that blows bubbles. Definitely. And about time.

Anonymous said...

Black jeans. Tuxedo jacket. Heels. Vibrantly unnaturally red hair. Large, black-framed glasses. Cigarette holder that blows bubbles. Definitely. And about time.

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Yes, Anonymous, that is so me!