Finally.

Over the course of the past few months, I’ve been making vague references to a total of SEVEN different projects I’m currently work on, all in varying stages of development.  There’s that comic book adaptation and that horror novel adaptation and my (formerly) Untitled Awesome Project and that small-town horror and that BIG comic project and that other original comic book series and the near-future sci-fi.

Well, today, I can actually start referring to the first three by name as they were mentioned in a recent article for Playback magazine authored by the amazing Kelly Townsend, a piece that profiles former Dark Matter/Lost Girl Producer Vanessa Piazza’s upcoming development slate.  Among the projects are no less than THREE with yours truly…

That comic book adaptation…

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Crosswind by Gail Simone and Cat Staggs

A slick and ruthless Chicago hitman. A smart but downtrodden Seattle housewife. When an inexplicable event strikes these two random strangers, their bodies, souls, and lives are switched—to potentially deadly effect.

As a longtime fan of Gail Simone, I was positively thrilled to be presented with the opportunity to collaborate with her on this, one of my very favorite of her originals.  It’s a terrific high-concept, character-driven series that offers not only suspense, action, and humor, but a provocative and thought-provoking narrative.

You can get the book here: Crosswind at Comixology

That horror novel adaptation…

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Little Heaven by Nick Cutter

A trio of mismatched mercenaries—Micah Shughrue, Minerva Atwater, and Ebenzer Elkins, colloquially known as “the Englishman”—is hired by young Ellen Bellhaven for a deceptively simple task: check in on her nephew, who may have been taken against his will to a remote New Mexico backwoods settlement called Little Heaven, where a clandestine religious cult holds sway. But shortly after they arrive, things begin to turn ominous. There are stirrings in the woods and over the treetops—and above all else, the brooding shape of a monolith known as the Black Rock casts its terrible pall. Paranoia and distrust soon grip the settlement. Escape routes are gradually cut off as events spiral toward madness. Hell—or the closest thing to it—invades Little Heaven. All present here are now forced to take a stand and fight back, but whatever has cast its dark eye on Little Heaven is marshaling its power—and it wants them all…

Five years ago, I picked up a novel called The Troop because I liked the cover blurb.  I started reading and was immediately drawn in.  The writing was exceptional.  So exceptional, in fact, that I was confused.  This random horror novel I’d picked up, written by an author I’d never even heard of, had no business being this good.  I’m talking Top 10 horror novels of all time good.  So I went ahead, did a little research, and discovered Nick Cutter is actually a pseudonym for award-winning Canadian author Craig Davidson.

I read and loved his (Cutter’s) next book, The Deep, and the one after that, Little Heaven.  The latter, I thought, would make a great series along the lines of The Haunting of Hill House or Castle Rock.  So I reached out to Craig and, over a beer or two, gauged his interest in collaborating on an adaptation.  Approximately one year later, here we are.

You can get the book here: Little Heaven at Amazon

And finally, my (formerly) Untitled Awesome Project that actually now HAS a title…

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Yes!  In the spirit of the time travel-themed episodes I have written (SG-1‘s Window of Opportunity and Moebius Part 1, SGA‘s The Last Man, and Dark Matter‘s All the Time in the World and Isn’t That A Paradox?) comes this series which, a lot like Stargate and Dark Matter (and, quite frankly, Star Trek, Farscape, and Guardians of the Galaxy) is – at it’s heart – all about camaraderie, friendship, and family.  And, also, VERY colorful characters.

It’s Guardians of the Galaxy meets Dr. Who by way of Back To The Future .

And an insane amount of sci-fi fun.

So, there you have it.

I’ll hopefully have more details on these, and the other projects I’ve been working on, in the coming months.

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Gforce
Gforce

They all sound awesome, but I’m really looking forward to Timescape. Or is it Time Escape. Whichever, it sounds great! And of course I’m really curious to see how “Little Heaven” would be adapted to screen. Sounds like a lot of CGI! And then there’s “that scene”, and you know the one I mean!

The comic book adaptation does sound intriguing too.

Ruben A. Hilbers

Nice. (What do you I’ve been hanging around Jack O’Neill too long ?)

LakeCityLeroy
LakeCityLeroy

When and where will we be able to watch Timescape? Thanks.

Don
Don

Congratulations Joe!

nantokanaru77
nantokanaru77

YES, FINALLY CAN NAME DROP!!! THIS IS AWESOME!!! AM VERY EXCITEDLY LOOKING FORWARD TO MORE!!! CAN’T WAIT NOW, PROBABLY CAN’T STOP THINKING ABOUT THESE, ESPECIALLY YOUR CREATION!!! YES YES YES!!!

Glad things are moving ahead. So … this mean you will be hyper super busy? Take care and eat more yummy food! XD

nantokanaru
nantokanaru

… … and then I am still wishing all your SEVEN projects will eventually get green lighted … I mean, that would be hell (but awesome hell? or heaven?) of a scheduling insanity for the next little while … but then it’ll be geek heaven for sure! LOL!

I don’t think I can sleep tonight thinking about this. Thanks though!

Jerry
Jerry

Yay!

Jon Hrubesch

I’m very much looking forward to Time (E)scape!

Faith-Anne
Faith-Anne

Yes!!!! I am stoked for all of these! smile

FargateOne
FargateOne

ATABOY! finally I will sleep…..zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

26mengel@gmail.com
26mengel@gmail.com

I am so excited for you and all of us who see and enjoy your work. You truly have been busy and I wish all the success on each of these projects. Can’t wait to see them come to fruition.

Line Noise

Hooray! It’s been driving me a little crazy not knowing the names of any of these projects!

Definitely some font problems with the TIMEESCAPE logo, though. Sorry. I do love a good time travel story and I couldn’t think of a better person to successfully execute it!

Airelle
Airelle

ok, time travel, you have my interest!!!!! thanks for sharing your secrets with us. Looking forward to TIMescape, keep us posted. Will have to check out the other two as well…thanks

Sylvia
Sylvia

Woo Hoooo! At last!

Nathan Dionne
Nathan Dionne

I’m a sucker for a good time travel story, so I think that one would become my new favorite show from day one.

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

I’ve got “Little Heaven” on my wishlist. Thanks for recommending it!

Looking forward to “Timescape”. Sounds right up my alley.

Life is exciting for you and I’m happy for it!

Cividan
Cividan

Looking forward to these project, especially Time Escape, keep the project coming I love your work!!

And The Beat Goes On
And The Beat Goes On

I’ve always admired Craig Davidson for electing to pen under a variety of pseudonyms.
It forces the potential audience to focus on the offering. Not the offerer.
How many of us, including myself, are guilty of deciding not to read a book or watch a movie because they do not much like the creator. disliked their previous work. or because the creator is attempting something seemingly contrary to the genre and style they’d become well known as a respected specialist of. Sometimes its even worse. They pat themselves on the back for overcoming the urge to dismiss this new body of work without checking it out first, but then nitpick and otherwise overly criticize it. Never realizing they did not find such flaw in a closely similar offering by a different creator.

By The Way: If you are a parent, Work with children, Someone who cares about humanity and respect for others, Or simply enjoy a sufficiently thought provoking read .. –> “Precious Cargo”. https://bit.ly/2L2pmgJ
This is one of the most honest and non overly sentimental stories I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing. An educator recommended it when it first came out after I told her I’d read one of Davidsons excellent short stories about two kids who go in search of their seemingly dead beat magician dad who abandoned them long ago. While I have not yet read “Little Heaven”, I can already see why Joe enjoys this particular story tellers offerings so much.

John
John

Thank you for the updates Joe. I was about to ask you that if you do a mail bag sometime to run down the projects and connect them to the project letter designation referenced here:
https://josephmallozzi.com/2018/03/26/march-26-2018-developments-on-development

Great news!

Jarryd Hartwig
Jarryd Hartwig

Super keen for Timescape, and Crosswind sounds intriguing.
Not much of a horror man myself but might still check out Little Heaven.
Looking forward to hearing more!

TheOtherOne
TheOtherOne

Catching up here! Work’s been busy but I feel I stand still compared to all the work you do.
Great to finally see your project titles and storyline. Good luck with all of them.
I see TimeScape is the most popular and with good reason – lots of colourful characters and amazing special effects.
Crosswind sounds interesting too. I could imagine Marc Bendavid playing the hit man as he’s believable playing a vulnerable character as well as a killer type…. (Haha.. you know that already 🤭)

Oh gosh… still miss Dark Matter… 😔

Tanya Kelen, Futurist (@kelencontent)

Kudos to you! Look forward to catching up on all your news soon.