One of the brilliant minds behind The House Of Night series, PC cast, recently wrote on her blog answering some of the burning questions that fans have been asking in regards to Marked being made into a movie.
PC has been very clear from the beginning that she is not in charge of the movie and has barely any say in production, casting, etc. She has let the fans know that the script looks really good, and is mostly based off the first book (also titled Marked), however there are some key elements, and characters that are added early on –
Q: Are the books being made into a movie/tv series?
A: Maybe. The series has been optioned by Empire Pictures. I’ve read the screenplay, written by the very talented Kent Dalian, and I’ve given it my complete endorsement. Now I sit back and wait like the rest of y’all to see what happens.
Q: Are you making the books into a movie/TV series?
A: No, my producer, Michael Birnbaum, is working on that. I optioned the right to his production company to adapt the HoN to film. Michael asks for my opinion on things (like the screenplay adaptation), but except for occasional input, that’s about where my involvement ends.
Q: I’m perfect to play Zoey/Aphrodite/Stevie Rae/Damien/Erik/either Twin/Duchess/Nala/Neferet, etc., etc., so could you pick me to be in the movie/TV series? Could I audition for you? Where are auditions? What’s happening?
A: Casting is NOT GOING ON YET. I have no clue if it’s going to be open casting, or if the studio is going to attach an actress/actor to to the part(s) without opening it to others. I don’t know what my involvement will be. Technically, my producer can do whatever he wants to do. Again, he does listen to me, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m involved, but nothing is being cast right now. So, NO, don’t send me your information. I’ll post here if there is a casting call and give you the details.
Q: I’ve heard the movie is going to be different than the book. Isn’t that going to mess everything up?
A: Yes, the screenplay for MARKED is different than the book. Some characters are introduced earlier, and there have been additions in plot as well as some things left out. That’s the way it is when you adapt a book to a movie, especially when it’s the first of a series. The book was told from Zoey’s point of view, and a bunch of what happened inside her head had to be shown on screen. No, I don’t think that will mess anything up. No, I’m not going to get involved in a big discussion about the differences. As I said earlier in this post, I like the screenplay. I’m cool with the changes. I think it’s fascinating how books are adapted to films. As an example: TRUE BLOOD is different than the Sookie Stackhouse books, and both are excellent.
The fact that PC takes the time to write to the fans on her own personal blog just shows the dedication she has to the House Of Night series, and the fans!
She brings up some very valid points about casting, and how adapting a book into a movie always has changes. Marked is completely written in first person (Zoey’s perspective) watching a movie based only on the views of one person, would be boring. That is where the changes come in. You get to see what is going on when the main character is not in the room, which makes it much more interesting.
PC Cast answers more questions then just the quoted above — you can check them all out over at her personal blog PCCast.Blogspot.com!
What do you think? Are you excited for the potential movie? Or Nervous? Comment below!
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