A little R&R – specifically “Rest” and “Reading”. Last night, I finished Dennis Lehane’s “Gone, Baby Gone”, staying up until a little past one a.m. to blaze through the book’s final 250 pages. A terrific read. One of my favorites of 2017 which, at 170 titles and counting, is turning into a banner reading year for me.
And I’m putting all of this reading to good use by partnering with some production companies in a bid to secure the film & television rights to a few of the books I’ve enjoyed. We’re in the early stages now, but we’re circling a good dozen titles that I believe have great series/miniseries potential.
In addition, I’m in early discussions to help develop another sci-fi series. Ideally, I’d prefer to pitch and set up my original ideas, but this one, despite not being my own, is a great premise with the potential for some standout character dynamics – something I value above all else. Just as importantly, I really like the series creator and the other people involved in this project, so I’m making this one a priority.
Also at the top of the list is a project that will see me reunite with an old friend. This one’s in early development but you’ll be hearing about it in the coming days when the press release comes out.
I’ve already had preliminary discussions about a couple of intriguing comic book properties and, in two weeks, I’ll be in L.A. meeting and greeting. Hopefully, these meetings will be the first step in going out with my own pilots (I’m sitting on five in all).
Although it sounds like a lot, the reality is, in this business, you need to have a good dozen things on the go in the hopes that one, maybe, will hit. Such was the case a little over three years ago when, following numerous starts and stops and seeming dead-ends, it appeared one of my pilots was dead while the other was as good as green lit. Then, in the course of 24 hours, everything changed and that as-good-as-green-lit pilot was dead while that dead pilot…well, that dead pilot was Dark Matter. So, you never know…