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Katherine McNamara

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Desirée Lee, and I have been watching “Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments” since the pilot episode aired. We both love the show, and are always eager for the next episode. Watching the show week-to-week, season-to-season, I’ve come to the conclusion that if any film project – be it TV, or movie – is made based upon my Wendy Markland novels (once they’re re-edited, and re-released) I would love to see Katherine McNamara play the role of Wendy Markland. She looks pretty much like I’ve always envisioned the character while writing her. And, having seen Katherine McNamara in so many episodes of “Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments”, I have no doubt that she could handle the role of Wendy Markland with no problems.

As there has been talk of various film versions of my Wendy Markland books since “Predators or Prey?” was first released back in 2007, I wanted to throw this out there. Again, I would love to see Katherine McNamara play Wendy Markland.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”

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You all know I’m a huge fan of DC Comics. I’ve talked about that often enough here! I’ve also mentioned a number of times how I’d love to work on a DC Comics project – especially a novel based on DC Comics characters. That still stands.

Yesterday afternoon Desirée Lee and I went to see the new movie “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”. We saw the 3D version, which I quite enjoyed. A lot of people are complaining about the film for various reasons. Was the movie perfect? No. Did we like it? Yes; very much so. There are a few things that we hope will unfold further, with explanations for them, in “Justice League: Part 1”, which is to begin filming in a week or so. Or, maybe some of those explanations will be in the longer R-rated Director’s Cut of the film, which is to run about 3-hours-long, and be released in July of this year.

I must say, though, don’t listen to the bad-mouthing of the film. Go see it yourself. Judge for yourself. It’s dark,gritty, and powerful. Ben Affleck is my new favorite Bruce Wayne/Batman. Henry Cavill continues to be my favorite Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman. The ever-beautiful Amy Adams continues to be my favorite Lois Lane. I look forward to seeing more of Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman.

I’m very excited about the unfolding DC Comics cinematic universe that we’re seeing. It also makes me want, even more, to be able to take on some of these characters that I’ve grown to love to much over the years in novel format. If anyone reading this post can help to make such a book project happen for me, please get in touch with me at the “Contact” page of my website.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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If I’ve covered this topic/update here before, I apologize for the repeat. I truly can’t remember if I’ve given you all this update before, or not. I do know that it’s been a long time since I mentioned the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on this blog/website. So, it’s entirely possible that I have covered this before. It’s just as possible that I haven’t.

As you all know, I’m an avid comic book fan/reader. I have been for years. I’ve been a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles since the 1980s. They debuted in 1984. I discovered them not too long after by way of a classmate in school. Being a writer, and a comic book fan, it’s only natural that I would love to write the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. So, a number of years ago, I got in touch with Mirage Studios – the publishing company that used to own/publish the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT). I pitched four stand-alone comic book stories to them. I was told, in so many words, “We like the ideas, but can’t work them in right now. We’ll keep them on file for possible later use, and be in touch in the future if we decide to have you write any of these stories.”

I also had an idea for a full-length Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles novel. My idea for that would’ve taken the TMNT back to their darker, grittier roots, and been a more adult TMNT story than anything we’ve seen since the early 1990s. Mirage liked my idea enough to put me in touch with their agent about the project. Not long after, Mirage went the way of the dodo when the TMNT franchise was sold off. So, that, as they say, was that.

Now, IDW Publishing is running a reboot TMNT comic book series. They’ve tossed all the past of the proverbial window, and started fresh. It’s as if the TMNT just popped into being a few years ago, rather than having been around for 30+ years. I started reading the IDW series when it began. I dropped it only a half a dozen or so issues in. I just couldn’t bring myself to keep reading it. It literary pained me to say good-bye to my beloved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But each issue of the IDW series only upset me more than the previous one.

I got in touch with IDW Publishing about the stand-alone TMNT ideas I had. They refused to even consider them, since they’d thrown out all the previous years’ continuity.

Nickelodeon is running a CGI TMNT series. I tried watching it, but couldn’t even sit through the entire pilot. And Michael Bay has released one TMNT film, and is preparing to release a second. The first wasn’t nearly as bad as I expected. I’m actually looking forward to watching the new one when it comes out.

Anyway, I still have my five TMNT ideas on file – the four stand-alone comic book stories, and the full-length novel. My hope is that, someday, Amazon’s Kindle Worlds will pick up the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. If they do, I fully plan to write all five of my ideas for publication there. Until then, I’ll just sit on these ideas, wait, and lament the tragic passing of the bygone days when the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise was meant for more mature readers, with more discerning tastes. Hopefully someday I’ll be able to pen my TMNT story ideas for my fans. Many of you have asked me about them in the past, and look forward to reading them should I ever have the opportunity to write them.

And, yes, for those of you who are wondering, Leonardo still is, and always will be, my favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

“Frozen” & “Winter’s Rite”

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This is something I first posted about roughly two years ago when we watched the Walt Disney film “Frozen” for the first time. Since then “Frozen” has become the favorite movie of our daughter, who is now 2 1/2-years-old. We’ve watched “Frozen” many, many, many times. The disc is in the Blu-ray player almost daily. Sometimes she insists on watching it twice in a single day. I think we all have the movie memorized by now!

I can’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 scenes with the creature Elsa had outside of her castle of ice – Marshmallow. 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

www.scottharper.net

Entrance

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A question I’m regularly asked is how I transitioned from writing literature to writing screen plays, too. Honestly, it wasn’t something I had planned to do. When it happened, I had actually only written one, brief, script. I have no idea why I wrote that 3-page-long script. I simply had an overwhelming urge to do it. So I wrote it.

Not long after, and this was back when I still lived in Florida, a producer/director from California found one of my short stories on-line. That piece was called “Black-eyed”. He liked it so much that I hired me to write a script for his production company. Shortly after that project, he hired me back to write a second, unrelated, script. And that’s how I came to write screenplays, too.

For those of you who have never read “Black-eyed”, I’ll include it below. Personally, I’ve never found this piece frightening. Yet I’ve had people tell me of how they read it in a brightly-lit place, surrounded by people, and were given cold chills be this story. We authors love getting comments like that!

Anyway, here’s “Black-eyed”, if you haven’t read it before. Or if you just want to read it again:

It’s a good thing I like my job, Susan Roe thought, starting toward the front door of her small home. Because the hours sure stink. I hate third shift!

Just as she was reaching for the doorknob, the telephone rang. Sighing, she glanced at the delicate watch on her slim wrist. As long as she kept the conversation short, she had time to answer and still make it to work on time. Hurrying to the mahogany table where the phone waited, ringing, she grabbed the handset.
“Hello?”
“Sue?”
She smiled, hearing her mother’s voice. “Who else would be answering the phone in my house at nearly nine at night?”
“I know you’re on your way to work,” her mother said, “but I wanted to call and invite you over for dinner tomorrow evening.”
“Sure,” Susan said. “I’ll be there. Thanks. Sorry to be short, but I’ve got to get to work.”
“Okay.”
“Tell Dad I love him.”
“I will.”
“Love you, too, Mom.”
“I love you, too, Sue.”
Soon as her mother hung up, Susan replaced the handset in the cradle and started toward the door. The bell rang, chiming softly through the house. Susan stopped and frowned. Who’s dropping by this time of night? Everyone I know knows what hours I work.
Moving back toward the door, she peered through the peephole and frowned upon seeing the boy standing outside. He couldn’t have been more than ten or eleven. She unlocked the door and opened it.
Rather than look up at her as she greeted him, the boy kept his gaze downcast as he returned her greeting. His voice was soft and held a traces of an accent Susan couldn’t place.
“Can I help you?” she asked.
“I hope so,” the boy said, nearly whispering. “May I come in?”
“I’m afraid not. I’m on my way out to work. I haven’t got much time. What can I do for you?”
The boy shifted his weight from foot to foot. He was dressed completely in black- tee shirt, jeans and sneakers – and his hair was such a dark, even black that Susan suspected it was dyed. “I haven’t eaten in two days. Please, may I come in?”
Susan felt her frown deepen. The boy didn’t look as though he’d been living on the street. Something about the child struck her as simply being…off. “No, I’m sorry. Like I said, I’m no my way out.”
“You live alone.” It wasn’t a question.
A small chill danced on her spine. Susan didn’t reply.
“A young woman shouldn’t live alone. Sometimes…things…happen to young women who live alone.”
Susan took half a step back, retreating a bit farther into her house, one hand still holding the door. “I’m sorry. You’ll have to go now.”
For the first time the boy lifted his face, his eyes meeting her own. She was struck by how pale his flesh was, but her attention was drawn instantly to his eyes. They were solid black, with not even a hint of iris or whites. Just pure darkness.
Feeling her own eyes widen, Susan said, “Those are…interesting…contact lenses you’re wearing.”
The child stared at her without replying. Susan felt another chill, this one colder and longer-lasting, make its way along her spine. A cold knot formed in her stomach.
“Please leave.”
Staring at her still, the boy shook his head slowly. “I’m hungry. Let me in.”
“No.”
“You must.”
Susan tried to shift her gaze from the child’s but couldn’t. “No.”
“Yes. Invite me in, Sue.”
“How do you know my name?”
He shrugged. “Let me in.”
“No!”
“Invite me in!” The words were snarled, barely discernible.
Susan drew back in shock, her gaze finally slipping from the boy’s eyes. She slammed the door in his face and locked it quickly, her hand shaking. Though she couldn’t see the child, she knew he was still waiting outside. She could feel him waiting.
Shivering, Susan moved away from the door, glancing around, ensuring that all the drapes were tightly drawn. She checked the backdoor, making doubly sure it was secure as well. A glance at the clock told her it was after nine. If she didn’t leave right now, she’d be late for work. But the thought of opening the door, this or any other night, sent a wave of cold sweeping through her.
Turning, Susan picked up the telephone and dialed the number from memory. When someone answered, she identified herself and informed them that she wouldn’t be at work that night.
“Are you feeling alright?” the man asked.
“No, Ralph. Not really. I think it’s these third shift hours, you know? I’ve been meaning to say something for a while. It’s messing with my sleep-cycle too much. I’m getting too run down.”
“No offense, but you don’t sound well.”
“I’m not. I’m sorry, Ralph, but I won’t be coming in for third anymore.”
“We don’t have any openings on another other shift, Sue.”
“Then I’m sorry, but I have to quit.”
She hung up the telephone and stared at the front door. The child was still out there. She could feel him. He was waiting for her. He would, she knew on some instinctive level, be waiting until sunrise.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

“Covet Thy Neighbor”

Everyone remember months ago when I posted about the independent film called “Covet Thy Neighbor” by Tunnel 13 Films that was being filmed in this area? Desirée Lee and I had tiny background/extra roles in the film. Toddler Girl appeared in it, too, though we don’t normally allow photos of her out publicly. We made an exception this time so that she can say, when she’s older, that she appeared in a movie as a baby.

Tunnel 13 Films has now put “Covet Thy Neighbor” up on YouTube to be watched for free. Desirée Lee, Toddler Girl (Baby Girl back when this was filmed), and I appear briefly on-screen at about the 19-minute mark on the film. The entire film runs 34:02. Just before seeing us on-screen, you’ll notice our friend Haywood Macabre. He’s the one-armed guitar player. Yes, he’s very good at what he does!

A word of warning – This film is NOT SAFE FOR WORK. It contains quite a bit of swearing, some nudity, violence, and drug use. Enjoy!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

“Tremors” Franchise

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Anyone who knows me know that I’m a huge fan of the “Tremors” film franchise. I was thrilled when I found earlier this week, via Netflix, that “Tremors 5: Bloodlines” has been released. It’s been 11 years since the fourth installment. It’s about time the fifth one got made! Despite its short-lived presence on TV, I quite liked “Tremors: The Series” when it ran for its one lonely season on SyFy, too.

Several year ago I put word out that I wanted to work on a “Tremors” project. Seeing as #5 has just been released, I’ll put this out there again. I really, really want to work on a licensed, official “Tremors” project – be it a film, a renewed television series, a video game story line, a novel, or a comic book. If anyone reading this can make that happen, please get in touch with me via the “Contact” page of my website. I’ve been a fan of the franchise since “Tremors” was released back in 1990. I’d dearly love to turn that fandom into something even more.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

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