Ready for some big news, In Death fans? Amber Entertainment announced on Monday that it has acquired the film rights to the series!
Here's their tweet, which links to an announcement on J.D. Robb's official Facebook fan page:
Naturally, the fandom exploded, so Robb herself (a.k.a. Nora Roberts) took to her blog to clarify several points, including the fact that while the rights have been sold, this does not guarantee a movie will be made. (The project is in the very early stages of development, and as film buffs know, many projects do not make it all the way into production, let alone theaters. In those situations, if/when the option runs out, the rights revert back to the author/publisher/rights holder.)
Here are a few more excerpts from Robb's post (or read the full blog entry here):
I’ve met face-to-face with the producer, twice. She has not only read the books, she gets them–and the characters. I’ve turned down option offers before, for this series and for my other work because I didn’t feel it was a good fit. This feels like one.
Will it be? No absolute guarantee, but I have to trust my instincts.
Will the movie be an exact reproduction of the book? Again, no. It can’t possibly be. It’s based on the novel, translated from the novel to the screen, interpreted by a director, a cinematographer, a screenwriter, and far from least of all, by actors. Both the producer and I agree the film must, absolutely must, remain true to the core of the book and the characters. But yes, some things will be left out, some things will change in order to make the shift from page to screen.
I’m not in charge of casting–I wouldn’t know where to begin. But again, I’ll have input. Actors act, and a really good actor becomes the role. Gregory Peck became Atticus Finch, Anthony Hopkins Hannibal Lector. For me Tom Cruise became Lestat, Michelle Williams Marilyn Monroe, Jennifer Lawrence became Katniss (and Mystique!) That’s what I’m looking for when the time comes–actors who can make me believe–as their creator–they’re the characters.
What are your thoughts on a possible Naked in Death movie? Who would you like to see cast as Lt. Eve Dallas and her billionaire hubby Roarke if the project gets to that stage?
Want more? Check out all of our J.D. Robb and In Death coverage here and stay tuned for more news as we get it!
h/t to Anne Marie Tallberg for the links!