Monday, 12 December 2011

This week's word is: SCREENPLAY

Hello, dragon fans. Please accept our sincere apologies for the lack of a blog post yesterday. The author has bought a new computer, which he insisted on trying to set up himself. It seemed to take rather a lot longer than the manual described. Of course, if he'd allowed Gwendolen to do it there wouldn't have been a problem. Some people never learn...

First, we have to say a big hello to all our new fans in Oakham and Leicester and thank the lovely librarians, Lucy and Henrietta respectively, for inviting the author into their schools. Both events went extremely well. The charming Marcus Sedgwick, whose books we like, was at Oakham School.

Amongst the many questions the author was asked at the schools was, 'Now that you've finished the dragon books, what are you going to do next?' This was also a popular question at the Orchard Christmas party in London last Tuesday. The truth is, we're not really sure. I have scribbled down a few ideas to discuss with the author over the Christmas period. One project under consideration is a proper prequel to The Fire Within. Regular blog followers will know that The Dragons of Wayward Crescent series was supposed to collectively form a prequel, but for some reason those books never took off, and it now seems they will be limited to just four. A prequel would be excellent, but it may not happen just yet.

No, the only consistent reply the author has made to the 'what next?' question is this: "I'm going to write a screenplay." Over the years, so many of you have written in wondering why we've never made a movie from the books. Well, it's not quite as easy as you think. First, a producer has to register their interest. This has happened in the past, but no one seems to quite know how to go about filming the books - but we think we do. We believe we should miss out TFW altogether and basically film ICEFIRE, cherry-picking some scenes from later in the series. We think we'd start with the sequence in DARK FIRE where Bergstrom discovers dragontongue in a cave on the Hella Glacier, then cut to David at Wayward Crescent, just before he meets Zanna at college. Sadly, Sophie probably wouldn't be in the movie. But you can't have everything.

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