Well, now that it’s FINALLY April 1st, I can announce that my novel, Seven Archangels: Annihilation is going to be made into a movie!
Mel Gibson is going to be directing the movie, to be released in 2011. He was especially interested in picking up an eye-catching project to follow up on “The Passion” from a few years ago. Attracted by the idea of filming Jesus actually doing something, Gibson stated that he looked forward to “a different take” on the fight of good versus evil and the eternal questions of life, death, surrender, and the value of suffering.
Gibson was able to bring in James Cavaziel, who will be reprising his role as Jesus. Music will be composed by Howard Shore (of Lord of the Rings fame) and I’m pleased to say he’s run some themes by me already. They’re amazing. Gibson is in negotiations with Nickelback to record a song for the closing credits and a radio release.
Dreamworks had the winning bid for the special effects production. I’ve seen the initial groundwork for how they’re going to manage the wings, since there are no creatures in nature which have the same kind of structure (two limbs from each shoulder blade) and it’s so complicated it makes my head swim. They’ve got their work cut out for them. The animators were thrilled by the opportunity to create the invasion of Hell at the end of the novel.
The angels’ roles have not yet been cast, but they’ve suggested Robert Pattinson for Saraquael and Milo Ventimiglia as Michael. Gibson has promised I can make a cameo appearance in the film. I probably won’t have a speaking line, but I can’t wait!
Double-Edged Publishing has said that in light of the movie, they want to release the other two Seven Archangels novels, along with some exclusive stories that will appear only in Mindflights Magazine.
Overall, the Hollywood executives have all been treating me like a queen. “You have to understand,” Gibson told me, “that in Hollywood, we believe in valuing those who are important, and no one, but no one, is more important to the success of a film than the writer.”
What do you think?
Okay, so now that it’s not April 1st any longer, I just want to clarify that YES, this was an April Fools post. Hope you enjoyed it!