Our Craig Caudill recently penned an open letter to one of the most successful creators out there, Ryan Murphy, of American Horror story fame. Craig believes he has found the next great book series to adapt.
Dear Mr. Murphy:
I would like to applaud your efforts in challenging your fellow creators with diversity in a stagnant world, suffering from a cesspool of fake documentaries. It seems all one has to do these days is make one documentary about anything and insert the names Hitler, Aliens, or Bigfoot, and voila instant lazy educational television.
That’s just one complaint I have, but I’m not here to complain.
Perhaps it is tremendous hubris to hope that I may be able to persuade anyone into doing anything, but I’m a desperate man when it comes to entertainment. I know life is short, but without entertainment how do we find our little slices of heaven? Entertainment is a spiritual thing for me and we learn lots of things from the content we digest, whether we know it or not.
I want to discuss a great work of fiction which I know you would just love. It oozes with diversity and enthusiasm and moves at a fast pace. I believe that you, your fans and your production team would enjoy adapting The Nightside series and that it would play extremely well on either HBO, AMC or FOX.
Each novel is short punchy, fast-paced and full of shoot-from-the-hip prose. This isn’t about making a one time movie, I’m talking about a whole series and a vast array of colourful characters that would grow over the years.
When I wrote Simon R Green, I briefly got a response from his assistant who told me that there was going to be a show, but it ended up being cancelled.
We can change that!
Simon R Green describes The Nightside series: “A place where dreams come true and nightmares come alive.”
To see what I’m talking about, get the e-book and/or audio book and play a long file of ambient music while you immerse yourself into The Nightside.
The Nightside is a supernatural thriller narrated by John Taylor, a detective with super powers who only uses them when he has too. Over time, Taylor has become a target for otherworldly beings.
He finds things and solves crimes in London’s underworld where times stops at Three in the morning. Another distinction that makes him a target is that He is the son of Lilith who is notoriously the first wife of Adam. Which is not mentioned in the book of Genesis. Consult the Kabbalah. Each story is a crime of supernatural , that he has to figure out and solve. If not the repercussions of a war between heaven and hell could break out. Each story is a crime of supernatural shenanigans, or ghostly revenge which the plot twists to find John Taylor has a price on his head and he has to figure out who wants him dead this time. Sometimes the repercussions could mean a war between heaven and hell could break out.
So Now that I hope I have your attention. I would like to introduce to you, your new favorite heroine. One That will be your favorite female character for years to come!
Her Name is Shotgun Suzie or Suzie Shooter a tough hired assassin body-guard or bounty hunting gun for hire. Call her what you like she’s dark mean Amazonian Sexy and decked out in black leather high heel, black leather boots and bandoliers. And did I say she was had a shot-gun. I think I did. And of course she is blond. Now I know you have a thousand women you would choose. I compliment your casting choices. God know I love Jessica Lange in AHS. I want to bring to your attention that if you would be so bold to produce such a show or even purchase this book and begin reading it right away. My first choice for Shotgun Suzie is Kristen Johnston.
For John Taylor, I was thinking about Iain Glen who played Jorah Mormont on Game of Thrones.
What about Michael Pitt, who was amazing in Boardwalk Empire?
You could have a field day casting the rest of the show.
Others Who Dwell In The Nightside:
Razor Eddie: Punk God of the Straight Razor. He’s dead, he’s punk and somehow a god, yet he’s not completely evil – just scary.
Henry Walker: A rich Tycoon who represents the authorities of the Nightside
The Collector: He collects pricesless works of art along with artifacts perceived to be mythical, like the Grail. It also a good idea point out the dangerous Rococo Robot Cats that guard his precious warehouse from art thieves.
The Collector’s most prized possession is The Speaking Gun. It’s literally a gun made of human flesh and is alive. It’s perhaps the most dangerous weapon in the world.
Alex Morrisey: A man who owns a bar called Strange Fellows, where Merlin Satan Spawn lies dormant underneath a catacomb of the bar.
Dead Boy: A zombie that died and came back to avenge his own death, then eventually winds up doing good deeds.
Merlin Satan Spawn: He is this world’s Merlin the Magician.
The Harrowing. A collection of faceless assassins that possess anesthetic-filled hypodermic needles for fingers
The Walking Man: Who supposedly made a deal with God to righteously kill anyone who deserves to die.
This is just a sample of characters I think you’d thoroughly enjoy.
Each novel is a different adventure with a consistent ongoing story line. The themes are good against evil, with our hero, the paranormal detective, coming to grips with his own powerful identity within the seedy underworld he watches over. It’s loaded with surprises.
I think along with American Horror Story you could turn this show into quality prime-time television.
As I watch American Horror Story, I envy your sense of the macabre. I was very pleased with the pacing in the last season, as well as the ensemble cast that just blew me away. I believe your attention to detail would do justice to The Nightside project. You’re probably the only producer with the guts to do a project like this.
I would like to congratulate you on the success of your current projects American Horror Story and American Crime Story as well. and I applaud your moving tribute to David Bowie in Season Four’s “Freak Show”. The use of Life on Mars as a premise was brilliant.
In closing, I hope I gave you something to consider and hope to hear good news that you will make this happen one day!
Craig Caudill is a Contributor to ComiConverse. Follow him on Twitter: @CraigCaudill
ComiConverse Contributor Craig Caudill reviews Guillermo Del Toro’s latest film, Crimson Peak.
My first reaction to viewing Guillermo Del Toro’s latest work, Crimson Peak, was that it was either the sequel to 28 Days or Devil’s Back Bone. Right now, I’m not sure. All I can say is, it’s a glorious blur. But the impression has left a mark on me to last a life time. After watching Del Toro’s latest supernatural thriller, I am reminded of the Simpsons episode where Montgomery C. Burns is itching to have a biopic film of himself. He tells Mr. Smithers “Get me Steven Spielberg.” Mr. Smithers reminds him that Spielberg would be unavailable. To which Mr. Burns says, “Fine, then get me his cheaper Mexican equivalent.” I’m paraphrasing here, but I think Mr. Burns would have been happy with the results if he hired Mr. Del Toro.
Crimson Peak worked on many levels. It was an edgy film complete with nods to silent era scene transitions, slightly steam punk gadgets, and optic photography wall projections. I often feel I’ve seen it all and read it all. In a world were production companies rely heavily on pop cultural referencing as a safety net or crutch, Del Toro handles his subject matter with more nuance. There is no Tarantino-esque dialog or endless references to Star Wars. In Crimson Peak, I feel as if he is creating his own frame of reference while drawing on the aesthetic of Jane Austin. Based on this film, I would love to see Del Toro’s take on a space opera like Flash Gordon or Buck Rogers. I feel he would maintain the old swash buckling of matinee theatre, with a modern twist rather than creating a hyper-CGI remake.
Crimson Peak is about a young woman, Edith Cushing, who dreams one day of becoming a writer. She is specifically interested in ghost stories and all thing that go bump in the night. In her dreams she is visited by a ghost, and throughout the whole movie. Which we shall find out later.
Unfortunately for Edith, she is a female writer in an era when many women writers were not taken seriously. Edith is discriminated against because of her penmanship, which is deemed too florid. Her next course of action is to switch to a typewriter. Eventually, Edith finds herself being courted by a smooth British gentleman, Thomas Sharpe, played by Tom Hiddleston, best known for his turn as Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sharpe is visiting America with his sister to try and secure funding for a clay mining invention.
Soon after, we find Edith being wooed after her father’s passing. Though his death is ruled accidental, it comes after he refuses Thomas Sharpe and his sister Lucille money for the invention. Edith is whisked away by Thomas to England to live with him and his sister in a castle, which appears to ooze a red clay substance. I will refrain from going into too much detail here to avoid spoilers, however, I will say: spectral warnings, Thomas’ money troubles, his easy manner with women, and his (too?) close connection to his sister combine to create the foundation for the film’s bloody climax.
Charlie Hunnam: A Bit Out of Place
I also want to mention Charlie Hunnam, best know for his portrayal of Jax in Sons of Anarchy. Hunam portrays Edith’s childhood friend, Dr. Alan McMichael. While Hunnam is a fine actor, he does not seem to fit in the time period of the movie. Hunnam did not have an easy time making this film. He had already accepted the role in Crimson Peak when he was offered the lead in Fifty Shades of Grey. Part of the reason he left Fifty Shades was because he had already committed to Crimson Peak. Though I don’t feel he was right in this role, I loved his work on Sons of Anarchy and hope that he finds more work that suits him better.
Since I don’t want to spoil anything from this movie, which has more than a few twists and turns, I just want you to prepare yourself for a good flick. I was impressed with the steam punk gadgets and the fact that they didn’t feel like an overload. I particularly enjoyed the gramophone player and another device which played recorded journal entries of people important to the story.
Overall, this was a great film. I’m always excited to see what Del Toro is up to. I’ve read his Strain novels, which were awesome, and I can’t wait for the second season of that show. I will also be looking for his next projects, like the long awaited Carnival Row which will be coming out soon on Amazon. Based on how well Del Toro engaged with the texture of an era while retaining his fresh directorial perspective inCrimson Peak, I can’t wait to see what he does with Pinocchio. That should be very strange.
Craig Caudill is a contributor to ComicConverse. Follow him on twitter: @craigcaudill