Monday, March 23, 2009

28 Minutes; Cage of Night

From Daily Variety:

Constantin heists rights to '28 Minutes'
Dave Zeltserman's crime novel will be adapted into film

By Jay A. Fernandez

March 22, 2009, 11:00 PM ET
Constantin Film has acquired the film rights to Dave Zeltserman's forthcoming crime novel "28 Minutes." The company plans to produce a movie adaptation under the title "Outsourced."

Travis Milloy has been hired to write the screenplay.

Constantin's Robert Kulzer and Impact Pictures' Paul W.S. Anderson and Jeremy Bolt are producing. The trio produced the three "Resident Evil" films. John Tomko also will produce.

APA-repped Zeltserman's gritty novel follows a group of unemployed software engineers who plan a bank robbery that gets them in trouble with mobsters from Boston and Russia.

"The book is very real and original with believable contemporary characters," Bolt said. "We want to make an intelligent heist movie that people can relate to."

Milloy also scripted the horror film "Pandorum" -- also produced by Kulzer, Anderson and Bolt -- which Overture will release in September.

Germany-based Constantin is behind "The Never¬Ending Story," "The Name of the Rose," "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer" and "The Baader Meinhof Complex." Impact produced "Mortal Kombat," "Event Horizon" and "Death Race."

The two companies jointly released "Alien vs. Predator," "The Dark" and "DOA: Dead or Alive."

------Vince Keenan on Cage of Night

I'm running Vince's kind review to announce again that I have ten copies of the hardcover Collector's edition available for $25 post paid. There's an introduction by Stephen Gallagher. I'll be happy to inscribe the books.

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Book: Cage of Night, by Ed Gorman (2008)

When 21-year-old Spence musters out of a stint in the army, he returns home to live with his parents and figure out what’s next. He tags along with his kid brother to a kegger and meets Cindy Brasher, reigning homecoming queen and recent patient at the local mental hospital. Spence falls, hard. And Cindy likes Spence, too, so much so that she wants to share her biggest secret with him. It seems there’s a well out in the woods. And something lives in it ...

Cage of Night is the kind of book that falls through the cracks. In fact, as the introduction by Stephen Gallagher in this PS Publications edition makes clear, it did fall through them when it was first published in the 1990s. It’s part crime novel, part horror story, with a rich strain of melancholy running through it all.

Best of all, Cage is vintage Ed Gorman, written with a feel for small town working class life, where people come home from thankless jobs searching not just for escape but elevation in books and movies. There’s some moving stuff about how it still aches when friendships formed on the most tenuous basis end. And it’s as creepy as all get-out.

The book is an expansion of Ed’s short story “The Brasher Girl,” which wowed me when I encountered it in Different Kinds of Dead. Ed kept the premise but pushed it in another direction. The ending of “Girl” is terrifying. Cage’s denouement is far darker, stripping away any shred of hope. “Girl” is dedicated to Stephen King, Cage to Robert Bloch. The influences are apparent in each. Read both if you can; it makes for quite the literary experiment.

1 comment:

Tom Piccirilli said...

I urge everyone who hasn't already read CAGE OF NIGHT to take Ed up on his offer and nab the limited collector's edition. It's a haunting, creepy, poingnat, and altogether gripping novel. Quite possibly my fave from Ed's canon, and that's saying a hell of a lot.