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Read It Before They Screen It: Killer Instinct, Where’s Waldo?, and Swift

Joseph Finder's novel Killer Instinct is getting picked up for film.

Novel concerns a sales exec at an electronics giant in Boston who struggles to find the killer instinct that it takes to navigate the corporate world.

[...] "The book appealed to us on two levels: as a terrific thriller and also as a parody of the technology industry that is scary and funny at the same time," Steve Schwartz said.

The San Francisco Chronicle praised: "This is fun stuff, with lots of plot twists. Finder once again proves adept at genre conventions and inventive in applying an action-movie sensibility."

If they want casting suggestions, I nominate Steve Carell. He's got the chops for it.

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It was bound to happen eventually. Universal Studios is going to turn Where's Waldo? into a movie.

According to Variety:

Written and illustrated by Martin Handford, the "Waldo" books have sold more than 50 million copies worldwide. The books contain complex, full-page illustrations of large crowd scenes in which the main character is somewhere hidden, dressed in a red-and-white shirt, a hat, glasses and a walking stick.

HOW are they going to turn it into a film? you might ask. I predict 90 minutes of gigantic crowd shots, with free popcorn going to the first kid who correctly shouts out Waldo's location.

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The upcoming feature Swift is based on "a pitch by Barry Sonnenfeld and Ben David Grabinski that is described as a reimagining of the Tom Swift adventure novels."

Here's Variety again:

The Tom Swift character first appeared in a series of books that launched in 1910. The original books were outlined by Edward Stratemeyer, written by ghostwriters and credited to pseudonym Victor Appleton.

Sonnenfeld and Grabinski's version would feature Swift as one-half of a father-son team who are among the greatest inventors of all time.

You've got to think that Sonnenfeld, the director of Men in Black and Get Shorty, could pull it off with style.

Then you have to forget that he also directed Wild Wild West and Big Trouble. Hey, it happens to the best of 'em.

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Chris Bolton co-created the all-ages webcomic Smash, which will soon be published by Candlewick Press, and created the comedy series Wage Slaves. His short story "The Red Room" was published in Portland Noir from Akashic Books.

Books mentioned in this post

  1. Portland Noir (Akashic Noir)
    Used Trade Paper $8.95
  2. Where's Waldo? #1: Where's Waldo? Used Trade Paper $5.50

  3. Tom Swift, Young Inventor #01: Into... Used Trade Paper $3.50

  4. Killer Instinct Used Mass Market $3.50

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