Friday, September 24, 2010

The Big Awesome News!!! (a.k.a. THE DARK DIVINE, the movie?!)

Hey awesome friends-

Sorry for the blog silence but I've been waiting until I was allowed to share this with you:

Producers embrace 'The Dark Divine'

Winter, Botwick set adaptation of Despain novel


Ralph Winter ("X-Men") and Terry Botwick are turning to "The Dark Divine," acquiring rights through their 1019 Entertainment banner to Bree Despain's three-book young adult series.

Whitney Thomas, an exec at 1019, will also produce.

First tome, titled "The Dark Divine" and published last December by Egmont USA, centers on a 16-year-old pastor's daughter who falls in love with a boy who reveals he's a werewolf. Second title, "The Lost Saint," is scheduled to be released on Dec. 28; the third, untitled book is skedded for publication in late 2011.

Deal comes seven months after Winter and Botwick snagged feature rights to Dean Koontz's "Frankenstein," his bestselling tale of a socially prominent and successful businessman and his superhuman original creation in modern-day New Orleans (Daily Variety, Feb. 16).

"The project has strong romantic appeal to the young 'Twilight' audience," Winter and Botwick said. "Bree Despain is a talented voice with a loyal following."

1019 Entertainment recently premiered the docu "Cool It," centered on the Danish climate change skeptic Bjorn Lomborg, at the Toronto film fest. Roadside Attractions is releasing "Cool It" this fall.

The banner has more than two dozen projects in development, including Paul Verhoeven's "The Surrogate," starring Halle Berry, and the action thriller "Man and Wire" in conjunction with Peter Chernin and with Akiva Goldsman directing.

(You can see the article actually in Variety by clicking HERE.)

SQUUUEEEEEE and Eeep and Woo Hoo and HOLY CRAP HOLY CRAP HOLY CRAP and pretty much every other way of typing out my excitement!!!!! (Words are failing me this morning. Isn't that ironic? but I'm just too darn happy at the moment.)

This doesn't guarantee that a TDD movie(s) will actually get made, but it is the first exciting step in a very long process. I will keep you all posted as things develop.

Huge thanks go out to Whitney Thomas, Ralph Winter, and Terry Botwick for loving TDD enough to want to try to make it into a movie. And also much gratitude and love to Stephanie Fitch Groff who got the ball rolling on this, and to my agents who saw it through. And of course, many thanks to my "loyal following." Seriously, nothing this cool would ever happen without you guys!

(Have I mentioned how super happy I am this morning??? Chocolate for breakfast, you suggest? Why yes, I think that's a fabulous idea.)

Be sure to come back here on September 28th for my monthly Countdown To THE LOST SAINT Contest that will feature a TDD Movie theme. (Hint: Start think of who you'd think would make the perfect TDD cast--for fun and games purposes only of course, I have no power in picking the real cast.)


45 comments:

seaheidi said...

The X-Men people!!!
Wow, this is amazing, Bree. I'm SO happy for you!!!!!

Also, I claim an extra spot! :DDD

Emily Cross said...

Congratulations!! This is wonderful news. Btw I was meant to say it to you that I've seen DD on bookshelves here in Ireland :)

Windowpane Memoirs said...

Congratulations!

Debbie / Cranberry Fries said...

How fun! Thats gotta be such a pat on the back. Congrats a bunch times over!!

Kathryn Packer Roberts said...

Congrats!! That is sooo awesome! I'm happy for you.

Evee A. said...

Awesomesauce!!! can't wait to read the next book.

geekyreads said...

Congrats - that's really exciting!

Aubrey said...

YAY, YAY, YAY! Congrats! That is awesome!

Heather Dixon said...

WOW WOW WOW! Big time congratulations!

kimreidbooks said...

So glad to hear this all worked out!!!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Amazing news! I can't wait!

Jenni Elyse said...

Congratulations! That is so exciting! I can't wait to see who they cast as everyone.

Brent Sallay said...

Wow, congrats! OK, now you HAVE to write me into one of your books. You should insist that Joss Whedon direct!

brickhouse79 said...

Absolutely. If you have any say in this (which we totally realize you don't) Joss Whedon at the helm or no deal!

Big huge congrats hun! ILYRUTTMABA.

Melinda said...

Congrats Bree! That's awesome.

Mundie Moms said...

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so EXCITED for you!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Nicole said...

Congrats babe! you are so awesome. I'm happy all your hard work and talent are paying off.

Lee723 said...

How exciting!! This is very, very, veryyyy cool, Bree!
CONGRATS!!

Krista said...

AMAZING news! Congratulations!

Jackson Porter said...

Congrats, Despain. That's pretty awesome!

-Jackson

Sara B. Larson said...

SOOOO exciting!! Woohoo!!!! Huge congratulations Bree! :D

Elena Jube said...

Wow, Bree, I'm so excited for you! You deserve it after all your hard work.

Lisa_Gibson said...

Wonderful news! That is sooo exciting. Congrats! :)
Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

Cami said...

Bree. Wow! Awesome!
Your words would definitly translate wonderfully into a movie!
Congrats on the possibility!

puppy_duck44 said...

Congrats!!!!

Kimberly Derting said...

That's awesome, Bree! Congrats!!!!!

Emily Allen said...

SOOOO exciting!!! Congratulations, Bree! May your dreams come true! :)

lulilut said...

Congratulations!!

Bree Biesinger Despain said...

Thank you so much for all the congrats. I've been on cloud 9 all day. And I've already bought 2 pairs of shoes. (Both under $20 since there isn't really much money in a movie deal until they actually make the movie.) But they're both really cute. Violet Chuck Taylors for TDD and bright blue flats for TLS.

And yes, I third the idea of Joss Whedon directing--but I have no say.

Meaghan said...

Congrats Bree!! That is soooo exciting :)

JEM said...

Yay for you!

Himawari said...

i sincerely hope these turn out better than the twilight movies, because your book is 100x better. Twilight should cower in it sparkely fake vampireness because a real story is about to replace it--big time. I honestly hope that they'll do justice to your book in the movie making, because TTD is worth it. Good Luck! I hope everything goes well!

Stacey said...

WAY COOL!!! Congrats Bree!!!! When it's made i'll totally be at the premiere! hehe (then maybe i'll finally get to meet you!) - and then i can go all fan girl, OME ITS BREE DESPAIN! hehe (and i'll totally do it even thought it's so not me lol) - hehe. any who, YEAY! Hope you have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

Awesome! I can't wait!!! I wonder who the actor/actresses will be!

Fi-chan (Bookish-Escape) said...

WOOHOO!! CONGRATSSSSSS!!!

Christy said...

I'm not surprised! TDD will be great on screen. Congrats!

Renae said...

That is amazing news!!!! I'm so excited for you! And I can't wait to see it!

DJ's Life in Fiction said...

!!! CONGRATULATIONS! :-) This is so exciting!

Robin said...

You rock, Bree! So awesome!

KM said...

AHHH! So exciting!!!! I really hope this goes through. It would be a baller' movie!!! :)

Anonymous said...

YAY!!! My twelve year old daughter and I both are excited to see it as a movie!! Love the book : )

Jessica Pattinson said...

This is awesome! Your books are so amazing and I'm excited for the third one this December! I hope whoever plays Grace does an excellent job and whoever plays Daniel does him justice! I've always wanted to play Grace Divine in a movie since I've read The Dark Divine but with no previous acting experience I've pretty much lost hope in that, haha. Well anyway, I'd definitely watch this movie- congratulations! I hope everything turns out for the best for you and the entire cast. I can't wait to see the finished thing!

Claire Newman said...

Oh my gosh!!! This is amazing news! Congrats Bree. I read the book twice and am planning on getting the second one. Gosh I would kill to be in this movie I am in LOVE with this book!

Gwen said...

I cant wait for the movie.I have wanted to star in the movie since I read the 1st book but know that they have the cast picked out it is impossible.I wish I had read the book a long time ago so I could've additioned for the part of Grace.Congrats.

Anonymous said...

That's awesome!! U know if ur looking for someone to play Grace u could always call me... Jk Jk! I bet the cast will be great and I can't wait for the movie!! Good luck and congratulations!! :)