Based on a title by Mary Doria Russell

Two Hollywood attempts to bring The Sparrow to the big screen have made me feel a certain kinship with Max Brooks. Both of us have written science fiction novels that were optioned for a Brad Pitt movie, so watching what’s happened to Mr. Brooks’ book World War Z has been interesting. The movie is getting … Read more…

Saying “No” to Hollywood

The Sparrow remains unfilmed, after 15 years of sustained effort by people passionate about getting a movie adaptation produced. What’s the problem? Here’s the conventional wisdom. There’s a big market for science fiction action movies, but despite the success of films like “Moon” and “Inception,” there’s no market for science fiction drama. As one insider … Read more…

What I hope for, from HBO.

Lots of readers are asking if I’ll be writing any episodes of the HBO series based on Doc. There’s a two-part answer to that question. Part 1: Not a chance. In Hollywood, it is customary to ignore the author of  “source material” once the rights to it have been secured. Producers and writers see only … Read more…

The Sparrow — movie news

As you may know from an earlier post, I’ve written a screen adaptation of The Sparrow in partnership with Karen Hall. Director Scott Derrickson has been a fan of the novel for many years, but it wasn’t until the screen rights reverted to me this year that Karen and I were able to show him … Read more…

A new screen adaptation of The Sparrow

From the beginning, readers have said that The Sparrow is very cinematic. People in Hollywood thought so, too.  Producer Nick Wechsler came close to doing a movie adaptation twice, first with Antonio Banderas at Universal Pictures and most recently with Brad Pitt at Warner Brothers. The adaptations for both studios were variations on a large-scale, … Read more…