I’m not sure if I mentioned it before, but I sold the film rights to Saving Francesca after all these years. Joanna Werner of Werner Productions who produces Dance Academy will be in charge. We’re both pretty excited about the project and I’ve just finished a thirty page treatment which is a summary of the film, but not necessarily the novel. Strangely, Saving Francesca is difficult because of its simplicity, but writing the treatment surprised me and reminded me just how much I loved those kids and Mia and Bobby Spinelli. They’ve also come back into my life at an important time for writing because 24 year old Jimmy Hailler is camping out in my head. It’s not just his story, but a bit of a four hander and it will definitely be an adult one rather than YA. It’s interesting that I didn’t know where Jimmy and his life was until I played with circumstances in Froi and Quintana’s life.
Above is an old German cover of Francesca that I loved, although the image reminds me more of what I imagine Taylor Markham to look like. Taylor Markham has German grandparents and her look was inspired by a German actress Julie Brendler when she was a young girl.
Just a few other things. Here is a Q and A I did recently.
Here’s a fun one I read. It’s about a road trip to Sydney checking out mostly Alibrandi locations.
Just a quick response to any comment or email I’ve received about Jellicoe casting. If there are to ever be auditions open to the public, then I would definitely write about it here on the blog. I can’t respond individually to emails about auditions, but just keep an eye out on the website after March next year. Maybe something will take place after that.