I originally posted this earlier today at my blog, The Least Read Blog, but I wanted to recruit more people to join in this little game. Here’s the deal:
One of the funny things that’s happened since Failstate was published was that a rumor somehow got started that I had a movie deal in the works. I’m not sure how that got started, but several people (who don’t know each other) have asked me about it. I suspect it might have something to do with the starred review that Publishers Weekly gave me back when the novel first released. The last lines of that review were:
Otte has a TV show full of sequel possibilities; here’s hoping.
And maybe that got twisted into “John has a movie deal in the works?” I don’t know. That’d be awesome, but it hasn’t happened yet. Hollywood, if you want to talk movie or TV deal, call me! Or my agent, actually.
Anyway. Earlier today, I spotted a blog post by author Rachel Coker (of whom I am intensely jealous; she was first published when she was 16. Although, come to think of it, the stuff that I was writing when I was 16 was garbage, so it’s probably better I waited an additional 20 years to figure out what I was doing). Rachel mused about who she would cast in a movie adaptation of her book. I haven’t read Interrupted yet (although it is in one of my to-be-read baskets and high on the list), so I can’t comment on her choices one way or the other. But that got me to thinking.
What if, by some bizarre stroke of divine intervention, someone did want to make a big budget version of Failstate? Who would I want to play the roles?
And the more I thought about it, the more I realized . . . I have no idea.
Seriously. I suppose part of the problem is that I’m not up on teenage actors (or actors who can pass for teenagers). Or it could be a fault of my writing craft.
But still, it’s fun to dream, so I’m inviting you to dream with me. Let’s cast a hypothetical Failstate movie! If you’ve read the books, who do you think should play the characters?
Before we get started, let’s establish one quick rule: the people you cast have to be actors who can play the role today. No “time machine” casting. As awesome as it would be to go back in time so we can cast a teenage Nathan Fillion as Failstate, the laws of physics blah blah blah.
So who do you see in those roles? Let me know!