52 Pickup – The Movie…

bulletOver a decade ago, back in early 2004 in fact, I had an idea for a six issue mini series. Entitled 52 Pickup, it was a ‘Battle Royale’ of Super villains, all fighting each other in a ‘last man standing’ fight for an item of unimaginable power. I spoke with Mark Paniccia at Marvel about it, but nothing ever happened. I worked with artist Gary Lister on a pitch but again, nothing happened. Over the following ten years I tinkered with it here and then, looking at ways to make it work with a variety of other artists including Jake Minor and Denis Calero, but it never came to anything. And then a year back I moved into film and television, and while working through some old stories, I realised exactly how to make it work.

Remove the Super villains.

And, after I completely re-worked the story from a page one rewrite, I’m excited to announce that I’ve sold 52 Pickup to Jonathan Sothcott of Richwater Films, they of movies like Vendetta and We Still Kill The Old Way, and I’m finishing the screenplay at the moment. More news as it’s announced. Suffice to say, I’m stupidly excited, and Jonathan (who I met through his producing of Cartel) is a joy to work with.

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Gallifrey One – Where You’ll Find Me…

gally1This weekend is the Gallifrey One Convention in Los Angeles, and again, I’m honoured to have been invited as a guest. I’ll be on a few panels and suchlike over the weekend, interviewing Eve Myles on stage and things like that – here are the places I’ll be over the weekend.

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Dodge & Twist & Movies

dnt So again, the news that Dodge & Twist is once more returning to the screen has hit the internet, and once more I’m getting people emailing me about this. I spoke about this in 2011 when it was first announced, and I spoke about it two years back when Cole Haddon was announced as having written a new draft, but for those who haven’t heard, here it is again.

First off, full credit and good luck to both Edgar Wright and Ahmet Zappa for this film, because it is by now a completely different movie to the story that first appeared, back in 2007, when I pitched Dodge & Twist to AIT/PlanetLar.

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That Was The Year That Was…

newyearSo the year draws to a close, and with it a roller-coaster ride of a career path, which has slowly made the transition from comics to film and television, while also moving me into the world of reluctant reader novels. I’ve made some new, amazing friends, reconnected with old ones and I’ve lost people along the way, but at the end of the day, I’m in a far better place than I was at the start of the year – and I wasn’t doing too bad back then.

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Schools – a World Book Day Warning…

schooltalkAs pretty much most of you know, I spend a lot of time doing School Talks,  going to students around the world with my ‘Change The Channel’ talk, aimed at getting reluctant readers to get back into books, whatever type of book it is. It’s popular, it’s linked to above on the SCHOOL TALK and WORKSHOPS buttons, and most importantly it works. And, due to my writing workload, this year I’ve dropped down to only a couple of talks a month.

I’ve been contacting schools recently  to let them know that I’m starting to book the remaining dates of the academic year, and I’ve had a couple of similar sounding conversations this week.

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Ready To Rumble…

intheringI’ve loved Wrestling all of my life. From a young child I grew up on Saturday lunchtime Wrestling on ITV, watching sports legend Dickie Davies call matches involving such British luminaries as Big Daddy or Giant Haystacks, enjoying the pantomime and pageantry that Wrestling gave me. I knew it wasn’t ‘real’, but at the same time I knew that these guys were athletes, and that the performances that they gave were filled with real danger, and life ending injuries.

It took me thirty years before I’d write any kind of Wrestling related product, and that was the screenplay In The Ring.

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Paralysed, Petrified, Pudsey (2014 Version)…

tester3The one down side of being in New York for over a week is that I return to find that in two days, the 14th of November is Children In Need night. And anyone who knows me well will know my absolute, total and utter unconditional love for BBC’s Children In Need. Over the last few years I’ve raised thousands of pounds for it, donating my signed personal copies of  my Tenth Doctor run of the Doctor Who IDW comic; at Starfury’s The Eleventh Hour convention I (with Jim Swallow) auctioned off a first edition Star Trek: TNG / Doctor Who – Assimilation2 #1 signed by myself and Matt Smith and last year I auctioned off a first edition Winter’s Dawn, Season’s End Hardcover, the first I’d ever signed. This year I’ve decided to make my own, personal payment, my  own thank you to both Children In Need and Pudsey the smiling bear – for they both have a special place in my heart. And for those who are new to me and my work, who don’t know why? It’s because Pudsey Bear helped me through one of the toughest periods of my life. He literally saved it, twenty three years ago.

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