Here's the dizzel!...
About 4-5 months ago some cat from sunny Florida kept ordering copies of my 3 Geeks comics...multiple copies. I was like, hey, what the Hiznit (dizzel and hiznet are cool slang words for those of you who aren't as cool as me)? why's this cat ordering multiple copies? Of course he was ordering multiple copies and paying for them so, hey, didn't really care all that much as to the why. Then we started conversing as the orders kept coming in. I found out that this cat, name of Heath McKnight, was an independent filmmaker. He told me that he really enjoyed my series and was buying so many copies because he was giving them away to his fellow comic book geeks...sharing my genius with them, so to speak (Okay, I added that last part myself, but he said something to that effect alright?).
Anyhoo, me being who I am I proposed/suggested/inquired about the possibility of Heath considering a 3 Geeks movie since he was such a big fan. He laughed and informed me that he and his crew were going to put together a short film demo to sway me into considering the exact same thing!
And there you have it! That's how movie deals are made. Simple, hey?
Since then we have formalized an agreement, recruited Heath's cohort Jeremiah Hall to help with the screenplay, begun outlining the movie's plot/story, and set up our filming schedule! We've been busy boys. The film is scheduled to be released in Spring/Summer of 2008.
Without getting too misty-eyed and sappy here let me just tell you something about my personal feelings on all of this...
I want to be filthy rich and famous.
Just kidding. Well, not really...I do want those things very badly but that's not what I wanted to share with you. In all seriousness, I have had many people approach me in the past 10 years about developing a movie or series about The 3 Geeks. Obviously none of those talks worked out for whatever reason or reasons. And, trust me, it wasn't because I was reluctant. Mostly I found a lot of the people talking to me about it to be full of the proverbial "hot air." that's the nicest way I could think of saying that. But, right from the start, I could tell it was different talking with Heath. He had a refreshing enthusiasm I really connected with. There was absolutely no BS talking with him. In Heath I found the same simple approach that I myself take with a project of this sort; "I want to do this project so I am going to do it!" It's such a simple concept and Heath seems to get that. Not as many people do as you'd think. As the Nike ads say, "Just friggin' DO IT!" I added "friggin'" for effect.
I am so incredibly excited about this venture. I know the movie's going to be great and I know this--I GUARANTEE this--becuase I know we're going to have an absolute blast while making the film. I will personally be directly involved from start to finish and promise that every effort will be made to produce the best possible movie. I already know what the plotline is and am seriously delighted. Jeremiah has assembled/cobbled together an amazing outline using various elements from the series. And together we're going to finesse the script until it's just right.
Keep your eyes peeled for the formal "press release" that'll be circulating very soon! And stay tuned right here for further updates and progress reports.
'Nuff said! Excelsior!
P.S. Saw "Children Of Men" last week and "Pan's Labyrinth!" Both excellent movies and I highly recommend each of them. Just thought I'd throw that in there in keeping with the movie theme.