With prep on Whispers less than a week away, I decided to do a little research to put me in the proper frame of mind. And so, over the weekend, I picked up my research materials – I Am Legend, The Mist, 30 Days of Night, 28 Weeks Later, and The Devil’s Backbone – figuring I’d finally put out those pink pages this morning and then spend the next couple of days getting creeping out. Alas, ‘twas not to be. We had our last Whispers casting session this morning, gave Alan notes on the revised Queen, I did a quick rewrite of the Sheppard-McKay cafeteria scene from Broken Ties that I’ve requested be re-shot, had lunch and, when all was said and done, simply ran out of time. I did manage to check out the special features included in The Mist two-disc collector’s edition and have to say – for a movie about mist, there’s very little behind-the-scenes discussion about the mist. Bummer. Oh, and I never did get around to putting out those pinks. Maybe tomorrow. When I’ll probably be working on those season 5 synopses.
Nonetheless, a productive day in that we have made our final choices on Teldy, Dusty, and Porter. As Marty G. put it: “It’s going to be a really strong cast.” Once the deals have been closed, I’ll let you know all about ‘em.
Today, half a mailbag. I’ll pick up the back half and more tomorrow…
Sheena writes: “The “YPF” website doesn’t seem to have a listing, so I was just wondering if there’s a listing somewhere that I’m missing…?”
Answer: The release date for Martin Gero’s movie, YPF, has been moved to June.
Kathie writes: “Did you have a chance to look at the tribute to dogs that I gave you?”
Answer: It’s up on my fridge. Thanks.
Thornyrose writes: “The closing of the 1998 characters was also gratifying, handled in a low key way that still sent a shiver down my spine.”
Answer: I agree. I thought the ending was particularly chilling, checking in with our characters one final time before the planet meets its end.
Fsmn36 writes: “I suspect most people will have a distaste for Peterson, but I found him rather fascinating. He was the most complex character, not so much a villain as a roadblock, or an anti-hero. I wanted to see further into his future, to see how his preparations lasted. Did he survive the whole effect locked away? Or at some point, did he ultimately fall like everyone else because without people working on the crisis, nothing contained it?”
Answer: I believe the latter. Which is what made our final scene with him all the more unnerving.
AV Eddy writes: “Reading the 1998 sections made me want to stock up on canned goods and polish the shotgun…”
Answer: True! Every time I read one of these apocalyptic novels (ie. Parable of the Sower, Alas, Babylon) I head down to my local supermarket and by a trunk load of bottled water and canned food.
AV Eddy also writes: “It took me a while to realize there was no Internet in Timescape.”Answer: Now that you mention it, yes, that was the one element in the story that really bumped me.
Dyginc writes: “I was wondering when the Baron and Cookie Monster might start giving out advice?”
Answer: I’ll make an announcement about the Baron and Cookie’s special advice column in the coming days.
Essaytch writes: “ It is my belief that, like objectivity in science, the segregation of past, present, and future is also impossible.”
Answer: As time goes on, I’ve grown more inclined to adopt this philosophy as well. So, given this view, how would you view the future? Is it already laid out by destiny, or do we possess the free will to change it?