Month: November 2011

Quick Movie Follow-Up: Or, Cherie Gets Exclamation-Happy

First, thanks a million to everyone for all the congrats, well-wishes, and all-around good cheer! I wish I could respond to you all individually, but by my best count – between internet comments and email – I’ve received over 3000 messages today. And no, I’m not quitting my day job,* where we’ve hit crunch time (so I’m rather snowed under from several sides at once).

But! I do want you all to know how much I appreciate your friendly sentiments! And I also want to take a moment to thank my agent, Jennifer Jackson – a.k.a. my Bottle Rocket of Fiery Justice; and likewise I want to thank Boneshaker‘s editor, Liz Gorinsky, who truly went above and beyond to make that book the best it could be – and to sent it out into the world with a bang!

And now, before I settle in with a celebratory beverage and a little bit of Batman … let me answer a few of the early bird FAQs:

    * Can we see the official press release? Sure! It’s right here!

    * When will this movie thing come out? I have no idea!

    * Who will star in it? Nobody knows yet!

    * Are you writing the script? No! This nice gent is!

    * Will you otherwise be involved with production? Not to my knowledge!

    * Don’t you know that Hollywood will change your material? Yes! I do! Life goes on!

    * Is this the news you’ve been hinting at all this time? Yes!

    * Is there other news yet to come? Yes! But it’s not related to this news, and it won’t be public for awhile yet!

    * Hammer Films? Will Christopher Lee be in it? I can only dream!

    * But what has Hammer done lately? A very damn cool thing or two!

Okay – well, yes. Those were the most prominent queries of the afternoon, though I’m sure I’ll have more to add to the list as time goes by. I’ll absolutely keep you updated with all the particulars that are fit to blog, you may rest assured of that.

But for now, Arkham City is queuing up and I need to get off the internet for a bit for the sake of my sanity. So all of you, everywhere, please have a most excellent evening – and thanks again. Thanks for reading. Thanks for commenting. Thanks for being so amazingly supportive.

Thanks for everything.

* Though as a point of fact, it’s contract work; I’ll be done around Christmas.

BONESHAKER Coming to the Big Screen!

OH MY GOD, YOU GUYS. So this is real, it’s true, and it’s happening. Because I will otherwise just babble at you incoherently, I will cut/paste the pertinent info from this article at

    Los Angeles, CA – November 30, 2011 – Brian Oliver, President of Cross Creek Pictures, Simon Oakes, Vice-Chairman of Exclusive Media Group and President & CEO of Hammer Films and Guy East and Nigel Sinclair, Co-Chairmen of Exclusive Media Group (“Exclusive”) announced today that Hammer has acquired the rights to the novel “Boneshaker” by Cherie Priest for adaptation to the big screen. Project will be co-produced by Hammer and Cross Creek Pictures and co-financed by Exclusive and Cross Creek Pictures.

    John Hilary Shepherd, a 2010 WGA Award nominee for his work on the first season of the Showtime series, “Nurse Jackie,” is writing the screenplay. Tobin Armbrust, Head of Production is overseeing the project’s development for Hammer Films.


    “First and foremost this is a great story. Bringing a steampunk style novel to life on the big screen is going to be very cool, very unique,” said Tobin Armbrust.

    “Boneshaker is a classic zombie movie with a modern twist which is quintessentially Hammer so it’s a perfect fit for us,” said Simon Oakes. “Cherie Priest’s steampunk series are fantastic with a distinct, unique style and we’re really looking forward to bringing her ‘Rotters’ to the big screen.”

    “It’s like Jules Verne meets ‘Resident Evil,’ and we’re thrilled to have such a fun, commercial potential franchise in Boneshaker,” says Oliver. He continues: “John’s an exciting screenwriter and we see this being a real crowd pleaser.”

    This is the latest in a number of projects Cross Creek Pictures and Exclusive have teamed on, including George Clooney’s “The Ides of March,” which opened nationwide on October 7th through Sony Pictures, the upcoming “The Woman in Black” starring Daniel Radcliffe, which CBS Films has set to release February 3rd, 2012 and Ron Howard’s Formula 1 film “Rush” starring Daniel Brühl and Chris Hemsworth with production partners Imagine, Revolution Films and Working Title.

    Cherie Priest was represented in the deal by Jennifer Jackson of the Donald Maass Literary Agency and John Hilary Shepherd was repped by attorney Joan Vento-Hall.

So NOW you know what I’ve been sitting on for the last few months, DESPERATE to blog about yet being unable to do so. FINALLY IT CAN BE TOLD. And apparently it wants to be told in ALL CAPS because it just FEELS RIGHT.


Here are a few more links to other sources on the deal:

Hollywood Reporter

And if you’ve read those, you know just about as much as I do. I know nothing about casting, about filming, about schedules, or anything like that … but you may rest assured that as I have leakable information, I will leak it LIKE A SIEVE.

But first, I think I might need to go lie down.
I’m … I’m having a moment, over here …

Return of the terrible blogger

Man, it’s been a whole week since I updated – which is unforgivable, unless you consider that it was a holiday week, and I deserved a little time off.

Ha! I’m just kidding. Writers don’t get holidays off. Instead, I worked. And I worked. And I worked some more. Much was accomplished, but much remains to be done.

For Thanksgiving itself, I hit up a Thai restaurant with some friends, and then saw the Muppets. Perfectly pleasant holiday, and no one had to do any dishes. Also: Yay, Muppets!

Otherwise, not much to report. Things are kind of bananas over here, in more ways than one. And no, I can’t talk about any of it. Not yet.