"Ryann Watters and the King's Sword" gets a BIG upgrade!
Many of you have been asking, "what's going on with the movie?" and I am happy to say that I can now fill you in on some very exciting news. A year ago, I had no idea how the movie business worked and while I will not say that I am an authority on the topic now, I have had quite an education over the past nine months. If you've followed this project from the beginning, you know that it started out as a very low budget film. We realized that film was not reaching it's full potential and so some hard decisions had to be made. Thanks to a lot of Godly people who believe in the message of the movie and a great deal of prayer, a new direction was sought. And God has blessed the Ryann Watters films! That is right I said films. We are starting over with a 2 picture deal with a Hollywood production company at the helm.
Gold Pictures is located on the Universal Studios lot, in Hollywood, CA. Jeff Maynard will produce and award winning Directors Guild of America, Director Jenni Gold will direct. Their plan is to convert book 2 (Ryann Watters and the Shield of Faith) to a screenplay and film both movies at the same time! They will film the practical for books one and two, simultaneously and the fantasy sections of the movie will be done in animation. Jeff is an independent producer who spent the past five years working on over 35 major studio feature films for, The Weinstein Company (TWC) and Dimension Films, where he was the Senior Vice President of World Wide Post Production and worked on animation films such as:
Hoodwinked http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3YfG7P9VHE and
Arthur and the Invisibles http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0XOsRFJ9EA (a real life to animation movie along he same lines as their proposal for Ryann Watters).
They have connections with the animation groups, from the above movies and others.
Other key points:
Jenni Gold has asked Taylor Boswell to reprise her role as Liddy.
Many of the voices for the animation characters in Aeliana will be name actors/musicians familar to viewers.
Both Jeff and Jenni are Christians and are very excited about doing this project. Jeff recently left TWC and wouldn't have been available to do a project of this size just a short time ago.
There are no coincidences, or as my daughter likes to tell me, "coincidences are God acting anonymously."
As things progress , I will keep you posted. Until them, I am working on book three... but that's another post!
Friday, February 18, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
I know it's been awhile since I posted concerning my books, the movie, my life, etc. Well, I wanted to let you know that at the end of next week there will be a major announcement concerning EVERYTHING!
There are still a few things to finalize, but I think you will be pleased with what you read. So be sure and stop back in next Friday, Feb. 11th, to get the scoop.