In the spirit of the Open Information Act, I realized I should officially announce that the film/TV rights to Echo have come back to me. So the rights to Echo and Strangers In Paradise are both available. They would make a swell holiday present for that special filmmaking sweetie in your life.
While I love the idea of a Strangers in Paradise movie (or how about an eight episode HBO mini-series), I think it would be exceptionally difficult to pull off well.
Echo, on the other hand, seems like a slam-dunk! With elements of science fiction, horor, and more than a touch of government conspiracy/coverup, Echo is just beging to be made into a Hollywood blockbuster.
My shortlist for directors is as follows (along with a couple of films they directed which could influence the flavor of the Echo movie):
Doug Liman – The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Gore Verbinski – the Mexican, The Ring, The Lone Ranger
Ridley Scott – Thelma & Louise, Black Hawk Down
Frank Darabont – Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Walking Dead
That’s my shortlist. Who is on yours?