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Last October, I was giving a speech at the St. Pete Times Festival of Reading when a person in the audience asked, “What is it that writers want the most?”

“That’s easy,” I replied. “Writers will tell you all they want is respect for their work. What they really want, though, is a movie deal.”

Well, I’m happy to announce that nearly a year after HAMMERJACK hit the book shelves, my tireless agents have secured a movie option! In a press release to Publisher’s Marketplace, they said:

Marc Giller’s HAMMERJACK, the science fiction debut novel, [has been] optioned for film and television development to Ian Levy at Midnight Kitchen Productions, by Kimberley Cameron at Reece Halsey Paris, and Dorris Halsey of the Reece Halsey Agency in Los Angeles.

Ian Levy is a former creative exec at the Sci-Fi Channel, now a partner in his own production company. He’s got a real passion for science-fiction, with multiple genre projects under development–including short stories by Ray Bradbury and China Mieville, and a horror feature based on John Shirley’s IN DARKNESS WAITING. He’s already got a couple of studio irons in the fire for HAMMERJACK, so we’re all keeping our fingers crossed over here in the Giller household. Hopefully we’ll have some more juicy details to share soon.

In the meanwhile, it’s nice to be an optioned property! Next thing you know, I’ll be “doing” lunch in some fancy L.A. eatery and ordering Pellegrino to wash down my sushi. Hollywood, here we come!

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  1. Derek  March 31, 2006

    Congrats, Marc! That’s fantastic. 🙂

  2. Kuce  March 31, 2006

    Excellent – I’m looking forward to a new one sheet for the collection.

  3. Kyle W  April 1, 2006

    Congrats!!! Great news.

  4. Marc G  April 1, 2006

    Thanks, guys! It still feels kinda weird, but pretty durn good. Still chewing my nails trying to figure out exactly what Ian has planned. Can’t wait until the contract gets here next week so I can find out!

  5. John K  April 6, 2006

    Great news man! I can’t wait for the movie ball to start rollin. I would love to go to the premier. I haven’t been to one since I worked on the Midnight Movie Express commercials. And you know how long ago that was!