Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Well, as you may have noticed, I've received the cover for XOMBIES: APOCALYPSE BLUES. I'm not sure how I feel about the model they used (my idea of Lulu is more along the lines of Wednesday Addams) but I like the layout and overall concept, which I think represents the book much better than the old XOMBIES cover (much as I love that blurry ghoul).

In case you're wondering what happened to my homepage, my website is currently undergoing a much-needed revamp, courtesy of expert webmeister Brian Greene, so as soon as that's done there will finally be some new artwork to look at. Also I just bought a cheap scanner, so there's no end of crap I can post online.

Of late I've been fantasizing about who I would cast in an ideal movie version of XOMBIES (Yes, this is the kind of thing I think about. What am I, Proust?):

First it'd need a great director, somebody who could handle special effects and a big ensemble cast, yet still keep it intimate. Somebody with a dark sense of the absurd, and an affinity for young actors. Tim Burton springs to mind. Also Alfonso Cuaron. Ridley Scott. Luc Besson. Guillermo del Toro. Bryan Singer. Steven Spielberg. Peter Jackson--this is getting crazy. But if any of those guys are reading this, have I got a project for you!

Then the actors: A few years ago I would have said Christina Ricci was the perfect Lulu Pangloss, but there must be another teen actress with that spooky, sardonic edge. Julianne Moore could play her troubled mother to a T. For her father, the crusty-but-lovable Fred Cowper, I was thinking Steve Buscemi. My wife came up with the perfect James Sandoval: Alec Baldwin. And Sharon Stone would be great as ice-queen Dr. Alice Langhorne. Then there are all those teenage boys on the boat--Lulu's suitors and adversaries. Hey, it's a regular High School Musical on the high seas, and since we're going crazy anyway, why not start with Zac Efron as her love interest, Hector?

All right...enough fun for now. Back to the dank gray walls of reality.


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