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Every since my fourth book, “Predators or Prey?” – which was the first book in my Wendy Markland series of novels – came out there has been interest in adapting it. Various parties have wanted to turn the book into a live-action film, a live-action web-series, a part live-action/part animated webseries, or a television series.

Soon after the release of my eighth novel, bestselling, award-winning “Quintana Roo, Yucatan”, a film producer expressed interest in adapting that book as a movie.

Unfortunately, none of that has ever happened.

Still, Desiree Lee and I recently attended a film festival. It made me start thinking. If anyone out there would care to adapt one of my books, or short stories, for an entry into a film festival, let’s talk. I seriously doubt that “Quintana Roo, Yucatan”, or “Quagmire Fen” would be within the scope and reach of a film festival budget to pull off properly. If so, great. But I doubt that would happen. Attempting live-action versions of “Winter’s Rite” or “Well Wishes” on such a scaled-back budget probably wouldn’t work, either. However, I’ve been told by a number of fans over the years that those books would make excellent animated projects – traditional hand-drawn, or CGI. Most of my short stories would make for low budget films. I keep giving thought to trying my hand with one of those, anyway.

Again, if you’re looking for material to adapt for a film festival project, please get in touch. I’ve written a wealth of material for you to choose from. Pick a title, and let’s discuss it.

Scott Harper

“Winter’s Rite” and Walt Disney’s “Frozen”

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Yesterday, Desirée and I watched “Frozen”. We both liked it. We liked the characters, and both of us found parts of the film truly funny. The animation was breath-taking as well. However, while watching the movie, I couldn’t help but draw some parallels between the film and my first novel—”Winter’s Rite”, which was released on February 13, 2006.

“Frozen” is “loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale “The Snow Queen”” according to the film’s credits and Wikipedia. Sorry to say, I’ve never read that piece of classic literature. If my novel “Winter’s Rite” is really so close in a few details to “The Snow Queen”, I’m amazed. The part that really stuck out to me was ***SPOILER ALERT!*** the scene with the creature Elsa had outside of her castle of ice. It bears a marked resemblance to the Ice Phantoms in “Winter’s Rite”. Other details were eerily similar, too.

Maybe I’ve simply had too many ideas stolen from me over the years. Maybe I’m paranoid. Maybe it’s purely coincidence. If so, let’s explore this option—many fans have told me, after reading the book, that “Winter’s Rite” would make an excellent film. Several have specifically remarked on how suited they think the book is to a CGI film.

Who out there is interested in seeing “Winter’s Rite” adapted as an animated film, CGI, or otherwise?

Scott Harper

“Dracula” Television Series

While Desirée Lee and I were writing articles for “Nuclear Winter Entertainment” mentally planning review articles became a habit. One piece we were planning to write was for the new TV series, “Dracula”. With “Nuclear Winter Entertainment” dead and gone, obviously, that won’t be happening. Maybe that’s a good thing. I dislike writing negative review articles. After the pilot episode of “Dracula”, I’m afraid that’s what my contribution to such an article would’ve been. Desirée had also been unsure of the show at that point.

Now, though, three episodes into the series, our opinion of it is turning around. While still not our favorite television show by any stretch of the imagination, we are getting interested. In spite of the slow-moving pace of things, several diverse elements have been introduced. Those are slowly being woven together, making us want to know what’s coming next.

Still, both of us are having some issues with the show. This is a very, very loose interpretation of the classic Bram Stoker novel “Dracula”. Jonathan Rhys Meyers is portraying a very unusual Dracula. Under the guise of “Alexander Grayson”, he’s working with Thomas Kretschmann’s Abraham Van Helsing. Their goal is to take down a secret society of big business tycoons—founders of some of the same industries that basically rule our lives in the modern world. They are doing this while “Mr. Grayson” constantly dodges “huntsmen”—vampire hunters who seek to destroy him. This incarnation of Renfield, played by actor Nonso Anozie, is a large black man—a radical departure from the descriptions given of the character in the original novel.

After three episodes, Desirée and I still aren’t 100% sure about the series. But, we plan to give it a bit more time. We want to see how some of the plot elements play out. Episode #3—”Goblin Merchant Men”—also sets the stage for the appearance of more vampires into the show. Amid everything else that is now going on, that could bring some fascinating twists to the plot. We look forward to the next episode.

Scott Harper

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