Monday, May 21, 2007

Who Will Direct THE MARK?

The question I'm most frequently asked about THE MARK, by far, is who I envision playing Henry Parker and Amanda Davies in the movie. And I'm usually stumped. I didn't have any actors in mind when I wrote it, and if a movie is ever made I hope to be pleasantly surprised. Yet there is one crucial member of the 'potential' film whose candidacy I wholeheartedly endorse.

After reading this post by Jonathan Lethem, about his choice of director for his novel YOU DON'T LOVE ME YET (whose rights he offered for free), I was inspired to think long and hard about who I would choose to film the eventual big screen version of THE MARK. And my choice is simple.

Sam Raimi.

No, Mr. Raimi has not bought the rights, nor has he or anyone associated with him shown any sort of interest in THE MARK. But I'd like to jumpstart the process by selecting Mr. Raimi as my personal choice to direct THE MARK.

I've been a HUGE (I cannot emphasize this word enough) fan of Mr. Raimi's ever since I fell in love with his "Evil Dead" trilogy. I've spent roughly $6,375 on various DVD editions of the three films, and can quote any number of lines until I lose all my friends. On eBay I paid, no joke, over $75 for the limited edition DVD of "Army of Darkness." Gratitude alone should convince Mr. Raimi to direct THE MARK.

After "Army of Darkness," I watched gleefully as Mr. Raimi's filmmaking prowess matured with his haunting adaptation of Scott Smith's A SIMPLE PLAN. And though I wasn't too fond of "The Gift," I was overjoyed to hear that he'd be filming the Spider-Man movies. I think it's safe to say that decision has been an overwhelming success.

And while I'm on the topic, Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst wouldn't be too shabby as choices to play Henry and Amanda (though Tobey might be concerned about being typecast if he plays another character named Parker). The three seem to love working with each other, so why break up a winning team? And I'm sure we can find a cameo role for Bruce Campbell as well.

So there you have it. My choice to film THE MARK is none other than Sam Raimi. Sam, my agent and I are awaiting your call...


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