A reminder to join us this Wednesday, December 6th, at 10/9c for a Dark Matter/Stargate live tweet event in which I’ll be fielding questions and offering insights on my 15 combined years on all four sci-fi productions. Tell your friends!
Well, today was Day #1 of the writer’s room for one of the projects (let’s call it Project A) I’ve been working on. David Ray and I spent the better part of the past month pitching ideas back and forth, rewriting and revising the series overview to the point where we now feel confident moving on to the script stage. He, Alex, Samantha and I will take the next four days to beat out the tease, five acts, and the tag after which I will head off to hammer out an outline – and, eventually, that pilot!
Project B is another something in the works, the adaptation of an upcoming SF novel. I pitched my take via email a couple of weeks back and, last Friday, had a follow-up conversation with the main players. This one looks to start moving quickly in the near year.
Project C is another book to screen adaptation, this one of a pulp classic from the 60’s. I delivered my take last week and anxiously await feedback. I pitched it to my old pal, Alexander Ruemelin, who seemed particularly enamored with the idea. Yep, this one would be all sorts of crazy.
Project D is yet another book to screen adaptation, this one in the horror realm. At this point, just some early conversations with a couple of interested production companies, and some intriguing discussions with the author who I’ve gotten to know over the past two months. I am (and have always been) a big fan.
Speaking of being a big fan of a certain author, there’s this SF heavyweight I’ve admired for years – and now I may finally get the chance to adapt one of this books. I was approached a couple of weeks ago by the head of another production company regarding the possibility. I said yes before I’d even read the book, and was even more emphatic after completing it. This one would be BIG and nothing short of amazing. Let’s call it…Project E.
But wait, there’s more! I’m in early talks to help develop a series based on another sci-fi book. I loved the author’s last novel and the premise to her latest is insanely intriguing. Project F.
Project G would be big to small screen adaptation of a movie (some might call it sci-fi, others horror). I forwarded by vision for the potential series a couple of weeks ago and am still awaiting word. This one is a bit of a long shot as I’m fairly firm on the approach I want to take here.
Of course there’s Masked, the superhero-themed anthology I’ll be pitching in L.A. come January with my producing partner, Vanessa Piazza, along with those other comic book-related prospects, the live-action treatment of that anime series, and a couple of other development gigs. Believe it or not, I even turned down a few projects that I felt weren’t a good fit.
It may seem like a lot but, realistically, in this business, you have to have multiple irons in the fire. Sure things can flounder and fade while long shots have a way of defying the odds. The plan is still to produce one more 5-season show and then retire and live off Suji’s various endorsement deals.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to post their spooky stories. I won’t sleep a wink tonight!
Hey, Melissa O’Neil (Dark Matter’s TWO) is auctioning off a couple of her character’s jackets to raise money for local food banks. If you’d care to own a piece of Dark Matter history, check out the auction here: https://www.32auctions.com/TwoJackets