I’m still in the middle of moving (as previously noted), so here’s a picture from earlier this week of the Raven Banner booth at Cannes. You’ll notice the Dark Hollow movie poster to the left.
I expect to be finished by this weekend, but as I haven’t written, edited, checked email, or gone to the post office in over a week, I’ll probably be MIA for at least another week or so. Please standby…
As previously announced, my novel Castaways is optioned by Drive-In Films (Joe R. Lansdale and Kasey Lansdale) with Jon Wagner (Anniversary at Shallow Creek) and Damian Maffei (Closed For the Season) attached, Charles St. John Smith III producing, and Robert Angelo Masciantonio writing and directing.
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There are going to be some exciting, exclusive, film-related opportunities for Keene fans in New Zealand over the next twelve months. If you live in New Zealand and are a fan of my books, please get in touch by sending an email to email@example.com. Put ‘NEW ZEALAND’ in the subject line so your email is given priority.
So, Ghoul has been out on DVD for a few months now. You can buy it here, catch a rerun on Chiller, or rent it via Redbox, etc. Some of you liked it. Some of you didn’t. I’m cool with both camps (except for the element of the ‘Didn’t Like It’ crowd who seem to think I personally made the movie and berate me about it on Facebook and Twitter. A note to those folks: I didn’t make the movie. I just wrote the book — which is currently available in paperback, Kindle, and Nook.)
Anyway, now Dark Hollow is gearing up for production (which will hopefully start soon). If one of your complaints about Ghoul was that it diverged from the book, then I hope you’ve ‘Liked’ the Dark Hollow Facebook page. If so, then you’ve probably seen by now that Raven Banner and director Paul Campion are staying true to the novel — Satyr penis, and all.
You’ve probably also seen how interactive they are, asking fans to chime in on casting suggestions, etc. And all the cool freebies they’ve been offering, like a high-resolution download of the movie poster.
This double-page advertisement appears in this week’s Variety (just in time for the European Film Market), courtesy of Raven Banner Entertainment, who are distributing Dark Hollow. Click the image to see it in detail. And follow the official Dark Hollow Movie page on Facebook.
Being a round-up of new releases, forthcoming releases, and upcoming appearances. (Poster to the left courtesy of Simon Drax)
1. This Wednesday, January 16, 7pm at KGB Bar 85 East 4th Street New York, NY 10003
2. Saturday, January 26, Borderlands Boot Camp, Towson University Marriott Conference Hotel 10 West Burke Avenue · Towson, Maryland 21204
The first official teaser trailer for Dark Hollow was released last weekend. Here’s a sample of what critics are saying so far.
Dreadful Tales: “And now, with the help of Paul Campion, Keene’s vision is coming to the big screen… Shane Rangi (Spartacus, Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia) is attached to play Hylinus, with Weta Workshop attached for special makeup effects. Seriously? HOW MUCH BETTER CAN THIS GET???… Keene is running, yet again, to film fans everywhere, but this time with a couple of howitzers under each arm, screaming war cries aplenty. This is going to be a bloodbath people. I expect awards here. I DEMAND awards, ’cause this is going to be a killer piece of horror film history…”
The Hollywood News: “Short but striking… The trailer is very simple, but the final reveal is one that is intriguing but not overblown.”
Twitch: “New Zealand director Paul Campion won himself a lot of fans around the world a few years back with his absolutely fabulous short film Eel Girl, success he built into his debut feature The Devil’s Rock. And now Campion is working towards his sophomore effort, an adaptation of Brian Keene’s novel Dark Hollow.”
The Devil’s Rock director Paul Campion’s adaptation of US horror author Brian Keene’s novel Dark Hollow has been picked up for world sales by Raven Banner Entertainment. Shane Rangi (Spartacus, Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings) is attached to play the satyr Hylinus, with Weta Workshop in New Zealand attached to create the special makeup effects.