Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Anita Blake Coming Soon To a Theater Near You... or Not?

It looks like Laurel K. Hamilton's most beloved character will be made into a movie.

Horror-movies.ca is reporting that Courtney Solomon, who is the head of Dark Films will be developing a feature fillm based on LKH's Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series.

Solomon has been the executive producer on such horror movies like An American Hauntingand Captivity, as well as the non-horror movie based on the book, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.

I was such a hardcore Anita Blake fan and can't wait to see who will be cast as Anita and that sexy French vampire, Jean-Claude. I just wonder if the movie does well, and they continue on, are they going to tone down the amount of sex that Anita has in later books? (How will they explain the lame ass aurdeur LKH decided to throw in as an excuse for Anita to get down and funky with any man, animal or vegetable she walked passed? That was the main reason I stopped reading her series.)

I wonder if other series or books by authors we enjoy may have their chance to be made into motion pictures? Wouldn't it be great to see JR Ward's BDB series come to the big screen? That is the one series I am hoping will be picked next. It seem Hollywood is on the Paranormal/Urban Fantasy kick for some reason.

What books would you like to see be made into movies? Are there books that just won't work as a movie?

UPDATE: Thanks to Bev (QB) for the correction! Production Weekly who first reported this was incorrect. So it looks like we may have to wait a bit longer for an Anita Blake movie! **but... if you look at the call sheet for future movies, the Anita Blake movie is still noted as a future production**

Katiebabs (KB)

24 comments:

Anna said...

I love the Anita Blake books, I'm interested to see what they come up with.

But frankly I'd rather see a Black Dagger Brotherhood movie. ;)

Carolyn Jean said...

Whoa! this is GREAT news! I love the Anita Blake series, esp up to book 10. I bet they do a mashup of 1-5.

JenB said...

I dunno...I'm not so sure the BDB would translate well into a movie.

I don't like seeing my favorite books made into movies, because it forever changes my image of the book. I can't read the book again without picturing the movie. Besides, the movie is just never as good.

Sayuri said...

I read the first book, thought it was ok....didn't become a rabid fangirl but I would go along to see the film. Only to see how they manage to make JC sexy...Blergh.

I'd love to see a BDB film but I don't think it will ever happen. I think it would be too hard to get them physically correct and then they'd make some lame excuse and it wouldn't be right. Not for me anyways.

One series, which I don't love (I like) but I think would translate really well to the big screen is Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson. I also think Nalini SIngh's Psy/Changeling would make an awesome franchise.....

I'm sure there's many, many more....

Renee said...

I'll definitely be in line to see this one. Probably with my husband, sis and bro-in-law whom I also got to read the books. I think the later books would be impossible without an NC-17 or X rating. They aren't the same for me as the earlier books, but I'm still unable to resist reading them.

I love that pic of Anita you posted. It's my favorite interpretation of her. (Yes, I have the graphic novels.) :-P

I'm with Sayuri. Mercy Thompson would be cool to see. (Though I do love the series!) Also, Flat Out Sexy by Erin McCarthy would be a fun movie. And hot!

Bev(QB) said...

They've posted a disclaimer over there after they received this comment- "Production Weekly reported this in error, fellas. So it's incorrect."

I got confoozled there for a minute because they just announced in November that Lionsgate was doing a TV pilot of the series.

Still, it makes you wonder where the info on the movie originally came from.

Tracy said...

Oh good - now I don't have to read the books! lol

Renee said...

OK, I knew I read about it on LKH's blog:
Here's the announcement.

Of course given how uncertain these things are in the entertainment world, we'll have to wait and see!

Katiebabs a.k.a KB said...

Bev: I didn't even see that part! But I did heard before I read this post that LKH talked at Dragon Con or whatever con that it looks like Anita Blake will be made into a movie sometime in the future.

~ames~ said...

My problem with these books being made into movies is the corniness. With examples in Twilight and True Blood, two vampire franchises put to screen, there's a lot of room for things to go wrong with AB in film. LOL

Alie said...

I love me some Nora Roberts, but the TV movies from her books are awful lol. Have you seen them? The acting alone is atrocious!

Bev(QB) said...

KB, when she first announced it, I assumed she meant TV show OR a movie, but since she DID say "a movie and a possible TV show" I guess it's possible that Lionsgate is doing the TV show and this other company is doing the movie. But that seems kind of weird, doesn't it? I mean, I could see if one or the other was already out, but to have two simultaneous projects from two different companies doesn't seem normal. Unless, of course, the production companies are affiliated with each other in some way.

But, either way, it sounds like the TV show will concentrate on the "sexier Buffy The Vampire Slayer" aspects and this movie would concentrate on the zombie raising and her personal life (which doesn't kick into gear until a few books into the series).

Katiebabs a.k.a KB said...

Bev: I think a tv series would be interesting, just look at the success of True Blood. But then again, Anita Blake becomes much, much more sexual. Would they tone down the sexual antics of Anita then? Maybe Cinemax will air it then. :P

Bev(QB) said...

I know she only sold the rights to the first three books to Dabel for the comics. I *think* they might have an option for more. So I'm guessing that she might have NOT sold the rights to the entire series to either production company.

It will be interesting to see what happens. But, based on what she has said in the past, she wouldn't sign anything without final approval on every minute detail. She retains control of the comics (every drawing and every word must be approved by her), but I seriously don't understand how she thinks she can also micromanage two productions AND the comics AND write two books a year AND maintain all the rest of the business aspects of Ma Petite Enterprises AND have a family life.

Kristie (J) said...

I'm not a fan of favourite books turned into movies on the whole. It's hard to imagine some of my favourite characters on the big screen afraid they just would get it wrong as to who I had pictured in my mind.
And as for books becoming TV series - I learned a very bitter lesson in that regard when they didn't renew True Blood. I LOVED that show based on the Tany Huff novels and was beyond upset when it was just left hanging!
As for Anita Blake - I've never read the series - never been tempted too so it's a mute point for me :)

Kristie (J) said...

OOPPSS - I meant Blood Ties - I never did watch True Blood

Katiebabs a.k.a KB said...

Kristie: I remember you and Sula lusting over Henry! Perhaps is say USA or Sci-Fi aired True Blood, it would still be on the air today.

Katiebabs a.k.a KB said...

Doh. Blood, true, lust, hot vampire men. It all goes down the same! LOL

nath said...

I guess Hollywood is really running out of ideas.

Me think that if the Anita Blake is successful, they might merge books together or write new stories for future movies.

KMont said...

I wouldn't want to see a BDB or an Anita Blake movie. And I don't think anything they do for either would live up tot he fan hype either series has gained.

Is tha tthe comic book version example of Anita> That's an example rigjht there. She looks completely different from how I imagine her. those kinds of preferences are going to differentiate from person to person a lot. How could they ever top or come close to what was done in either series in a movie version?

KMont said...

Hell on a damn stick, I apologize for the really bad spelling.

Kailana said...

I would rather see Mercedes Thompson on the big screen, to be truthful

Seneca said...

I don't know. Look at how TV ruined True Blood.
Wait-LKH did a good enough job ruining Anita on her own. Some TV/movie producer can't do much worse.

Serena said...

Personally, I'd rather see the BDB on the small screen. Something like what's happened to True Blood!