Tuesday, January 22, 2013

FAQ: Will there be a Soulkeepers movie?

On a daily basis, I receive multiple emails, wall posts, and tweets asking me if there will be a Soulkeepers movie.  Actually, they range from cheers of "MOVIE! MOVIE! MOVIE!" to demands of "You MUST make a Soulkeepers movie!" Because this question has become so frequent, I can no longer respond to inquiries on an individual basis and have decided to write a post about it.

Will there be a Soulkeepers movie? My answer is: I hope...someday.

Authors have remarkably little control over whether their work becomes a movie.  People in the film industry buy the option to make a book into a film, and then can decide whether to make the film or not. Over the last year, I've been approached by several interested parties asking about the film rights to the Soulkeepers, but as of today, no one has purchased the option.

Your next question might be, why not?

I can only speculate about why an interested party might not follow through on an inquiry. The series has sold over 100,000 copies. The books are in the top 10 in Sci Fi and Fantasy series and have held that position for most of the year. But here are some things that have crossed my mind.
  • The books are cross-genre which can be difficult to market effectively and, similar to Golden Compass, is spiritual but not precisely Christian.
  • The esoteric themes in the book might be a challenge for a screenwriter to capture  
  • The series' steady sales aren't as flashy as immediate or NYT best sellers
  • Angels and demons play a role in the story, and people are fearful that these characters have been or will be overdone in film (similar to vampires)
  • I don't have literary representation... yet (I'm looking. Referrals welcome)
Of course, anyone who's read the books could easily debunk these arguments. My dream is to find the right person who will be as passionate about this story as I am. Preferably someone who has read the books and gets the themes of redemption, forgiveness, and acceptance.

I want to thank those readers who have and continue to spread the word about The Soulkeepers. If a film is optioned and eventually made, it will be because of you. For my part, I remain open to all serious inquiries. My dream is to have a better answer for you in the future, but until then, the only answer I can give you is "I hope...someday."


7 comments:

  1. And here I was hoping that your news was that there would be a movie coming out. I guess we'll all just have to wait! Meanwhile, thanks for writing such great books and congratulations on the sales.

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  2. The Soulkeepers would be a brilliant movie, it would! Fingers are crossed for you. On the other hand, I can't believe you don't have a literary agent. *shakes head*

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  3. keep trying i will really want to see a movie. the book is so good. i think thats one heck of a book

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  4. I have read just 2 books of this series, I will be reading the 3rd today. I cannot wait for a movie. I am also in Illinois, which makes this series that much more intriguing to me. I am the 34 year old mother to 4 children and a full time salon manager, I haven't read a book for pleasure in years until I read these. They are easy and quick reads for me that take me far away from the hectic hustle of everyday life for the time I'm reading. Wonderful series, great work.

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  5. I actually think anime would suit the series better; @ least that's how it played in my imagination, quite vividly too, lol

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  6. I spent 25 years of my life not reading books.i downloaded the first one and I was hooked if read them all and they were fantastic I found them addictive I just didn't want to stop reading them.i also think that it would make a fantastic movie to.good luck and keep up the good work

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