The Parasol Protectorate Books have been
*insert polite gloved clapping here*
The Official Option Announcement
author Gail Carriger's SOULLESS, a humorous Jane Austen-style steampunk
fantasy about an avowed spinster who, being soulless, can negate
supernatural ability and is thus shunned by London's society vampires
until one rudely attacks her, upsetting the social balance and revealing
a dark cult, to Parallel Films with screenwriter Ted Elliot (Pirates of
The Caribbean and Shrek) attached, by Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary
Agency, Michael Cendejas of Lynn Pleshette Agency, and Wayne Alexander
Now, please don't get too excited . . .
- What is an option? The right to try to raise backing and interest from Talent (writer, director, actor) to try to put together the possibility of some kind of show. In this case a television or mini series.
- Who got it? A small but lovely independent film company has optioned
the Parasol Protectorate series for one year with a possibility of
re-upping for two years.
- When? Could be within the next two years, could be never. Unlikely to hit airways for some time. That's how options work.
- Were? Should the project come together, the pitch would go out to both UK and
US film stations, both network and cable
- Why? My suggested pitch was: True Blood meets Downton Abby ~ only funny. We shall see if they use it.
My books have two things working against them, which add up to the same
end result. 1. They are set in the past in exotic locals. 2. They have
fancy steampunk elements and lots of supernatural special effects. 3.
Result = expensive.
So? Am I thrilled and very excited, yes indeed. But it's best to be only cautiously optimistic about such things. Here is an article On the Unlikelihood of Options Becoming Films.
Others discuss the option
The Parasol Protectorate Facebook Group discusses casting.
love to read your perspective is on fantasy casting. I adore knowing
what actors and actresses readers envision in the various roles. I did a
little guest blog ages ago
and I'll do another one here in the future. But for now, bring on the
blog posts! However, please remember, whoever you cast must be able to do a proper British accent
. I positively demand it! *shakes tiny fists* I'm utterly exhausted by this run of Americans trying to be posh. Shudder.
Present company excluded, of course.
Your Moment of Parasol . . .
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Quote of the Day:
said I could not be a woman, because I wore a belt; the other replied
that I might be a man, because I did not show my trousers and had no
hair; but they both agreed that I looked like a woman, as I had no
beard. Evidently I was a great puzzle to them.'
~ Life in Kashgar as Victorian female, 1898 (via Hickman's Daughters of Britannia