The Parasol Protectorate Books have been optioned for TV!
*insert polite gloved clapping here*
The Official Option Announcement
NYT bestselling author Gail Carriger’s SOULLESS, a humorous Jane Austen-style steampunk fantasy about an avowed spinster who, being soulless, can negate supernatural ability and is thus shunned by London’s society vampires until one rudely attacks her, upsetting the social balance and revealing a dark cult, to Parallel Films with screenwriter Ted Elliot (Pirates of The Caribbean and Shrek) attached, by Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency, Michael Cendejas of Lynn Pleshette Agency, and Wayne Alexander of ANLF.
Now, please don’t get too excited . . .
- What is an option? The right to try to raise backing and interest from Talent (writer, director, actor) to try to put together the possibility of some kind of show. In this case a television or mini series.
- Who got it? A small but lovely independent film company has optioned the Parasol Protectorate series for one year with a possibility of re-upping for two years.
- When? Could be within the next two years, could be never. Unlikely to hit airways for some time. That’s how options work.
- Were? Should the project come together, the pitch would go out to both UK and US film stations, both network and cable
- Why? My suggested pitch was: True Blood meets Downton Abby ~ only funny. We shall see if they use it.
- How? My books have two things working against them, which add up to the same end result. 1. They are set in the past in exotic locals. 2. They have fancy steampunk elements and lots of supernatural special effects. 3. Result = expensive.
So? Am I thrilled and very excited, yes indeed. But it’s best to be only cautiously optimistic about such things. Here is an article On the Unlikelihood of Options Becoming Films.
The Parasol Protectorate Facebook Group discusses casting.
I’d love to read your perspective is on fantasy casting. I adore knowing what actors and actresses readers envision in the various roles. I did a little guest blog ages ago, and I’ll do another one here in the future. But for now, bring on the blog posts! However, please remember, whoever you cast must be able to do a proper British accent. I positively demand it! *shakes tiny fists* I’m utterly exhausted by this run of Americans trying to be posh. Shudder.
Present company excluded, of course.
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Quote of the Day:
‘One said I could not be a woman, because I wore a belt; the other replied that I might be a man, because I did not show my trousers and had no hair; but they both agreed that I looked like a woman, as I had no beard. Evidently I was a great puzzle to them.’
~ Life in Kashgar as Victorian female, 1898 (via Hickman’s Daughters of Britannia)