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Posts Tagged ‘Seth Grahame-Smith’

Tim Burton Wants to Adapt Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Does that violent book trailer seem like a movie? It might be a movie soon…

That’s the highly produced book trailer for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire HunterSeth Grahame-Smith‘s follow up to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. According to Deadline Hollywood, the book already is headed to the big screen.

Here’s the simple post: “Alice and Wonderland director Tim Burton has teamed with Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov to produce a movie version of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, the Seth Grahame-Smith novel that Grand Central Publishing released today.”

Tune in next Monday when this GalleyCat editor interviews Grahame-Smith about his new novel on the Morning Media Menu. (Via Colleen Lindsay)

“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” Headed to Movie Theaters

9781594743344_norm.jpgLast month, we reported how Quirk Books screened its book trailer for “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” in theaters around the country. Now, the whole book will play in theaters–as a feature film starring and produced by Star WarsNatalie Portman. Coincidence?

CNN delivered the adaptation news is a single sentence: “Portman has signed on to produce and star in the movie version of the best-selling book ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,’ written by Seth Grahame-Smith and, uh, Jane Austen.”

The publishing world’s reaction to this little book has been mixed, but nobody can deny it has been a banner year for the Little Zombie Book That Could. The news finishes a magical run: the title went from GalleyCat feature to bestselling book to publishing trend. Link via Powell’s.

Indie Books Top Oprah Winfrey’s Summer List

peepd.gifSeven independently-published books topped Oprah Winfrey’s 25 Books of Summer list this year, bringing an indie spirit to a list traditionally dominated by major publishers.

According to MobyLives, only one indie book has made the Book Club during the 13 years the popular host started the club–picking W.W. Norton’s “House of Sand and Fog” by Andre Dubus III in 2000. Winfrey’s seal of approval virtually assures bestseller status for a title.

Here are a few of the indie summer picks, from the post: “‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,’ published by David Borgenicht‘s Philadelphia-based Quirk Books, is credited to Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith … The next independently published title on Oprah’s list is ‘The Peep Diaries: How We’re Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbors’ (City Lights Books), by Hal Niedzviecki.”

UPDATE: A previous version of this post included an erroneous fact about the book club picks.

Quirk-y Assignment Lands Author a Two-Book Deal

Zombie-loving humorist Seth Grahame-Smith landed “a rumored $575,000″ two-book deal with Grand Central Press, according to Publishers Weekly. The first book of the series is tentatively titled, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.”

Grahame-Smith won Internet fame for his Quirk Books bestseller, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” GalleyCat has reported on this viral hit since its inception, including that video interview with a Quirk editor. Meanwhile, PPZ backlash has already begun.

Here’s more from the PW article: “[PPZ] came on assignment from Quirk’s editorial director, Jason Rekulak–he has been lifted into another literary stratosphere. (Quirk currently has more than 120,000 copies in print of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, after publishing the book on April 1.)”

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