Wednesday, September 5, 2012

New and Noteworthy (Indie Publishing, A Call for More Dirk Pitt Movies, Rules for Cinematic Blockbusters)

In today's edition, a few more items from the hiatus:

* At Forbes, a lengthy article by David Vinjamuri on indie publishing. It seems to me especially notable for its critical take on the contempt to which these authors have been subjected by bestselling authors who came up the traditional way, like Sue Grafton (who has been especially nasty), and Vinjamuri's thoughts on the economics of book pricing.

* As those who regularly read this blog probably remember, 2005's Sahara was not the success Clive Cussler fans had hoped for, but if my blog's stats are anything to go by, quite a few of you find your way here looking for news about another attempt to film the Dirk Pitt franchise. You may be interested to know that there is now a page on Facebook attempting to collect a million "likes" for another Dirk Pitt movie. You can check it out here.

* From io9, "Ten Rules of Blockbuster Movies that Hollywood Forgot." Given that the number of blockbusters made is so small, and reliant on such a small, closely connected club of people for their creation (the handful of producers, directors, stars and executives capable of getting them green-lit, and their advisers), it seems astonishing that the product does not reflect a more robust institutional memory in these respects - but as the article makes quite clear, this has often been absent.

New and Noteworthy (Underwire, McCalmont, Upcoming Movies)
Dirk Pitt Returns?
New and Noteworthy (Indie Publishing, Galactica, Eureka)
The Blockbuster Strategy
Review: Deep Six, by Clive Cussler
Returning to Sahara: The Dirk Pitt Novels On Screen

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