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Guillermo del Toro & Fierce Reads Get Booked

9780062082848Here are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

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The young adult authors of the “Fierce Reads” tour will make a stop at the Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore. Check it out on Tuesday, October 29th at 7 p.m. (San Diego, CA)

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Novel Writing: Editing Your Draft

Novel Writing: Editing Your DraftStarting July 16, workshop your novel in-progress with a published author! Erika Mailman's course will function as a workshop, with the emphasis on sharing your work for review and providing critiques for your peers. By the end of this class you'll have up to 75 pages of you novel workshopped and developed patterns to improve your writing. Register now! 

Guillermo del Toro & Charlie Kaufman Hope To Adapt ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’

Director and author Guillermo del Toro told the Daily Telegraph that he hopes to adapt Kurt Vonnegut‘s Slaughterhouse-Five with screenwriter Charlie Kaufman.

According to a print-only interview with the director of Pan’s Labyrinth and Pacific Rim, the duo discussed the project for an hour and a half.  The Playlist has more from the director:

I love the idea of the Trafalmadorians [the aliens of 'Slaughterhouse-Five'] — to be ‘unstuck in time,’ where everything is happening at the same time. And that’s what I want to do. It’s just a catch-22. The studio will make it when it”s my next movie, but how can I commit to it being my next movie until there’s a screenplay? Charlie Kaufman is a very expensive writer!

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Tom Cruise May Star in ‘At the Mountains of Madness’ Adaptation

Author and director Guillermo del Toro will adapt H.P. Lovecraft‘s horror classic, “At the Mountains of Madness.”

According to i09, the movie will be produced by  Don Murphy (Transformers)  and James Cameron (Avatar). Here’s more from the dramatic post: “Murphy told us that the movie is ‘supposed to shoot in June’ and Tom Cruise is set to star in it, as recently rumored. And he added that the script is very close to the H.P. Lovecraft source material.”

UPDATE: del Toro has left the project and Murphy has retracted his comments listed above.

Read a free version online here. Earlier this year, journalist Daniel Zalewski explored Del Toro’s creative process in a long New Yorker profile. Follow this link to see a glimpse of the surreal and epic adaptation at the magazine’s website.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Announces Best American Series’ Guest Editors

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has announced the seven guest editors for its Best American series. Shelf-Life offered the complete list:

The Best American Short Stories: Geraldine Brooks
The Best American Essays: Edwidge Danticat
The Best American Comics: Alison Bechdel
The Best American Nonrequired Reading: Dave Eggers (with an introduction by Guillermo del Toro)
The Best American Travel Writing: Sloane Crosley
The Best American Science and Nature Writing: Mary Roach
The Best American Sports Writing: Jane Leavy

The Sun Herald has more details about the guest editors’ backgrounds. In years past, the series has also published in the categories of mystery stories, recipes, and spiritual writing.

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Free H.P. Lovecraft Documentary

Over at SnagFilms, you can watch a free documentary about the life and legacy of the great horror writer, H.P. Lovecraft. We’ve embedded a preview of Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown above–follow this link to watch the whole film.

The film traces Lovecraft’s influence on modern writers like Neil Gaiman (Coraline),  Caitlin Kiernan (“Daughter of Hounds”) and Peter Straub (“Ghost Story”).”

Here’s more about the documentary: “The influence of his Cthulhu mythos can be seen in film (Re-animator, Hellboy, and Alien), games (The Call of Cthulhu role playing enterprise), music (Metallica, Iron Maiden) and pop culture in general.  But what led an Old World, xenophobic gentleman to create one of literature’s most far-reaching mythologies?  What attracts even the minds of the 21st century to these stories of unspeakable abominations and cosmic gods?”

The Hobbit Will Be Filmed in New Zealand

9780061917738.jpgOn Monday, thousands of New Zealand citizens demonstrated to keep The Hobbit film shoot in their country, declaring  “New Zealand is Middle Earth.” Now they can rejoice because The Hobbit will be filmed in New Zealand.

The New York Times reports that Prime Minister John Key negotiated with several Hollywood executives to secure the location. The government agreed to provide special financing and introduce new labor legislation. They will provide $15 million for the two films’ production budget and an additional $10 million for marketing.

The article explained the labor complexities: “The legislation is expected to require workers to designate their status as an employee or a freelance worker when beginning a project, then stick with it, according to one person who was briefed on the talks but spoke anonymously because the agreement was not complete.”

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Guillermo Del Toro Leaves Adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit

33798.jpgMexican director Guillermo Del Toro has decided not to direct an upcoming adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien‘s beloved novel, The Hobbit.

Here’s Del Toro’s statement at OneRing.net: “In light of ongoing delays in the setting of a start date for filming The Hobbit, I am faced with the hardest decision of my life … After nearly two years of living, breathing and designing a world as rich as Tolkien’s Middle Earth, I must, with great regret, take leave from helming these wonderful pictures.”

Del Toro (pictured) directed the live-action adaptation Hellboy and the award winning Pan’s Labyrinth. He was also the co-author of the vampire novel, The Strain.

J.R.R Tolkien Estate Sues to Block “The Hobbit” Adaptation

9780061917738.jpgJ.R.R Tolkien‘s family and estate have sued to block production of the upcoming adaptation of “The Hobbit,” claiming they are owed $220 million from adaptation profits and should reclaim film rights to the book.

According to School Library Journal, the film rights to the late author’s books have traveled through different corporate hands over the years since they were sold in 1969, shuttling from United Artists to New Line Cinema. A Los Angeles law firm is representing the estate in a suit against New Line Cinema, News Corp, and the Tolkien Trust.

Here’s more about the film’s development: “Guillermo del Toro [will direct] and Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, and Hugo Weaving [are] reprising their roles as Gandalf, Gollum, and Elrond, respectively. According to Bloomberg Media, the three Lord of the Rings films have generated almost $3 billion in worldwide box-office receipts.” (Via Publishers Weekly)

Abate v. ICM, Day Two: ICM Strikes Back

Richard Abate was understandably relieved to finally leave the stand around 2 PM or so, having been grilled at great extent by both his own counsel as well as ICM‘s. Not only do we know know a hell of a lot about what happened leading up to his departure, but also about some of his pending deals, such as YA superstar Lisi Harrison‘s new deal, “the biggest in ICM history”, Chuck Hogan‘s probable collaboration with PAN’S LABYRINTH director Guillermo Del Toro, and of course, a whole lot of financial information. But the fun really began when Esther Newberg took the stand and related her side of events.

“I did view him as my friend,” Newberg said pointedly, making it extremely clear she now thought otherwise. “He never mentioned any interest in Endeavor,” even while he talked off and on about not being ready to make a decision with regards to the contract renewal, that he needed to talk to his wife or maybe go off on his own. Newberg claimed Abate’s reticence stemmed from being unhappy, jealous even, about Sloan Harris‘s elevation to co-president of ICM when he was only four years older than Abate. And that is where the betrayal – which Newberg stated she “felt then and now” – stemmed from: “[Abate] told me it didn’t bother him that Harris, only four years older with a stunning client list, was elevated.” Even though Newberg thought highly of Abate – “we wanted him to renew, and made it clear he could do whatever he wanted, even fly back and forth between New York and Los Angeles because he had an interest in doing more Hollywood work” – she never viewed him as a possible co-president as ICM didn’t think “he had enough judgment” for the position.

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