Coming to you very quickly this morning with some news that I know a lot of you are going to be salivating over…
THE GALLAGHER GIRLS HAVE BEEN OPTIONED FOR FILM!
Yes. A few months ago my agent got an offer out of the blue from a new production company called Tonik. Now, even though Tonik is new, the women behind it, Nikki Silver and Tonya Lewis Lee, have been bringing YA and children’s books to the screen for a long time, and they have recently decided to join forces.
They have just finished filming a TV movie for WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM and they are hard at work getting ready to roll cameras on THE GIVER (starring Jeff Bridges) in South Africa this fall.
Things are happening at Tonik, in other words. And Nikki and Tonya are convinced they can make things happen for the Gallagher Girls! (And I’m going to let them!)
Now…time for the usual caveats:
-we do not have a script yet.
-we are not casting any roles.
-there probably will NEVER be open auditions (those are incredibly rare and I just highly doubt it ever happens. I’m sorry. But it might be time to adjust everybody’s expectations down to the setting of “realistic”.)
-I, personally, will likely have zero say in who gets cast (if we ever get that far)
-and, finally, we are still a loooooooooooong, loooooooooooooong way from having a movie. So, deep breaths, everyone. Be cool, sodapop.
To put this news in perspective: it is awesome! But it is the sixth time that I’ve had a book set up somewhere in Hollywood. So far, none of those have ever gotten past the script development stage.
Will this one (and the new Heist Society option set up at Lionsgate with team behind Pitch Perfect producing) be any different? Boy, I hope so. But only time will tell.
In the meantime, I’m just pleased to be working with very smart, savvy people and hoping for the best.