BrooksBlog: When Movie People Call

Working hard on the second book of a three-book set that will begin publishing in August 2012. This is in the Shannara series, set in the future after High Druid. It’s a big project with some exciting changes that I will be talking about when Measure of the Magic comes out August of this year. So anyway in the midst of all this the movie people come sniffing around again. All options on all books terminated not too long ago, so everything is available again. Word gets out, the producers, managers, production companies and studios start calling. Right away, I get heartburn. Because now I have to go through this moviemaking dance all over again. Really, I am conflicted to the max. Sure, a movie of one of my books would be exciting. Everyone agrees on that point. But what are the odds it will happen? What are the odds that the movie will in anyway resemble the book? What are the odds that I will feel somehow more complete when this is finished? I don’t know. I have said for years that the idea that you need a movie in order to validate your book is nonsense. (Or words to that affect). I keep saying, “Wait until I’m dead 30 years. Then it will happen.” I read about the adaptation of Game of Thrones, and I think, “Good on you, George.” But I also think I don’t want to find out firsthand the price of having it happen to me.

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Written by Terry Brooks
I am the author of the Shannara, Landover, and Word/Void series, as well as Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and Street Freaks. I love to write, read, and travel. For more information about me, you can read my writing guide/memoir, Sometimes the Magic Works.