The next Kickstarter project?
On March 13, 2013 Rob Thomas created a Kickstarter – The Veronica Mars Movie Project. Within hours social media outlets were buzzing and the money was rolling in. Lots of it. Millions of it.Rob asked, the fans reacted and Veronica Mars has been given the greenlight. The movie will be made.
The more I thought about this project and its backers (fans) the more the wheels in my head started to spin about other projects that’d I liked to see realized – books that I would love to see made into a motion picture.
Here’s the thing, buying film rights to a book is not a new thing. Heck, even actually making the movie is not a new thing. However, there is a whole pile of books out there whose film rights that have been sold, and yet (quite sadly) those movies will never hit theatres. I’m sure there is a whole host of reasons why it will never happen, but I can guarantee money is one of the reasons.
What I’m trying to say is this – if you’re sitting on any of film rights to the books below please feel free to take a page out of Rob Thomas’ proverbial book and start a Kickstarter. You never know what can happen.
Black Hole Sun by David Macinnis Gill – This scifi book is ripe for the picking and full of action and wit to fill the screen with gems that would bring in the masses. The key to this being a successful movie is capturing the wit (and subtle grunge music references) and casting a believable motley crew of renegade misfits.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part – Time Indian by Sherman Alexie – Hands down this could be the next indie super star film. Junior’s voice is funny and so matter of fact even in the face of death, racism and bullying. I’m going to lead the charge with Gil Birmingham to play Eugene.
Cold Fury by T.M. Goeglein – This one could quite possibly be the next summer blockbuster, I mean, what could be better than a teenage girl who’s running from the mafia? The strong plot is loaded with a ton of action, fight scenes and a lot of thriller-esque sequences.
The Raft by S.A Bodeen – This one is perfect for a short film contest at one of those super fancy film festivals. A girl survives on a small raft with no water and only a bag of skittles for food. This could be paired down to a 20-minute riveting movie that would win all the awards.
What books would be on your list? Sound off in the comments, we’d like to know.