The silver screen


Sorry again for not posting in a while; I'm still hard at work on The Mime Order and simultaneously preparing for my paperback tour in the US. If you're lucky enough to be going to BookExpo America (BEA) this year, there will be big samplers of the new book available at Bloomsbury booth #1479. Check here for exact times and dates for each giveaway. And don't forget to look at my upcoming events page to see if I'll be visiting your area.

On Friday night I had the great pleasure of speaking with Andy Serkis and Jonathan Cavendish at Waterstones Piccadilly, London, about the film adaptation of The Bone Season. Andy and Jonathan are the co-founders of the Imaginarium Studios, which, along with Twentieth Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment, holds the film rights to The Bone Season. We had a fantastic discussion about film, performance capture, worldbuilding and adaptations, moderated by Jonathan, during which I learned about the film process that I didn't know before.

Photo © Amanda Eva

Andy gave us a rough time frame for the film, which is great, as I honestly had no idea when we could expect to see it finished. At this stage, getting it to the screen will most likely take another three years which seems like a long time, but remember, there's a lot of work to do in the interim. A director to find, characters to cast, concept art to be done, a world to build. The next stage is getting the script written. We've got a double-Oscar nominated screenwriter on board, the name of whom Andy and Jonathan were hoping to reveal last night, but his contract hasn't yet been finalised. (I've met him and he's great.) Keep an eye out for the announcement within the next two weeks. If Andy's guess at the time frame is correct and we don't run into any major hurdles, The Bone Season will most likely hit the silver screen in 2017 or 2018.

I was asked what kind of cameo I might like in the film, and I decided I'd like to be credited as "Obnoxious Red-Jacket 1" at Nashira's feast. Andy said he'd love to play a Buzzer, which I think we can all agree would be absolutely amazing. 

I was asked if I had anyone in mind for cast members, and I gave the three actors on my dream casting list: Benedict Cumberbatch for Jaxon Hall, Alexander Skarsgård for Nick Nygård, and Michelle Fairley for Antoinette Carter. I also forgot to mention that I'd love Michael Obiora to play Julian. We asked the audience if they had any suggestions for which actors could play Warden and Paige, as I've always hit a bit of a blank on it. 

I've already discussed this on Tumblr in response to a reader's worry about whitewashing in fancasting for Warden – i.e. white actors being suggested to play a character with skin of "dark honey gold" – but it's a subject worth stressing, so I'll paraphrase myself here. I can't stand whitewashing in films, and I will do everything in my power to make sure characters like Julian, Liss, Nadine and Zeke are not played by white actors. I want to reassure everyone that there has been no official discussion whatsoever about casting at this stage. Fancasts are just fancasts. We were really interested in hearing them, but one or two fans suggesting Tom Hiddleston or Cillian Murphy does not mean that either of those two actors will get the role, as some recaps of the event have implied. I would never publicly slam down a reader's suggestion – that's their opinion of how the character looks in their head, and they have every right to state it – but that doesn't mean I agree, or that it will have any bearing on our choices in the future. If you're interested in reading more about the Rephaim, ethnicity and whitewashing, then take a look at my full response here.

There are two more recaps below that go into a bit more detail about the event thanks to Loose Lips and dolorosa for writing those up! I've got to rush off back to The Mime Order, but I'll post again when I'm in America. As always, thank you all for sticking with me during the long waits between blog posts (and books) . . .

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  1. We have a long wait but both your books and the film are worth it! :)

  2. Love your first book, looking forward to your next. Movie? Thats great! :)

  3. Hi,
    I was wondering if you could tell us how to write fast. I mean you seem to have got both your novels done in a matter of months. Do you set deadlines for yourself? Does the urge to get it done quickly ever get in the way of quality?

  4. Hi Samantha. Great to see you at the Bodleian library event and thanks so much for signing my books. Looking forward to 'The Mime Order' and best of luck with the tour. Best wishes. Jason

  5. I'm seriously looking forward to The Bone Season as a film! It'll be an epic affair, I'm sure, and I'm already psyched to see who they'll be casting, who'll be doing the soundtrack and all that fun stuff. Congratulations again on that!

  6. Just saw the late late show! It was amazing :D

  7. You apologise too much. Check out your previous blog posts. Most of them begin with "I'm sorry....".
    Chill gurrrllll no one's gonna eat you.

    1. Poor Samantha, she is polite.

  8. Hi Samantha!
    I'm Adrià, Adrià from Barcelona. I sent you an email the day before.
    I have to say you the most important thing I've done today... I'VE BOUGHT YOUR BOOK! Your book has been out in spanish today, and I could not wait to buy it. I think I'm going to love it very much - it seems awesome! Your write very, very, very well (I've read the first chapter), and I hope that the film will be in our cinemas early. When I finish 'The bone season / La era de huesos' I'll get crazy because I will want to know more about the story. I couldn't wait to write some letters talking you about this, I think I've had the book only for 1 hour and I'm already in love with it; I need to reaaaad! You know it definetly, this night I'm going to go to sleep late because I will be reading!
    I hope you will come to Barcelona one day to speak about your fantastic books! My firends (who are also eager to have your book on their hands - I've talked them about you and 'The bone season') and I, will be the first to greet you and to ask for sign the books. Well, thank you for writing. By the by, I must say that the dedication of the book - I think it says 'to the dreamers' - is the best I've ever seen. Adrià.

  9. I love The Bone Season so much. I'm looking forward to the next chapter. I wish to be read your next book soon.

  10. The movie already sounds amazing. It's awesome that you've decided to do a cameo :). I can't wait to see it!

    Happy writing!

  11. I found it so encouraging to see that Serkis and Cavendish compare your books to "an onion" -- that was exactly my description as I was reading them :)


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