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2012 – half-time report

I started this year with a long list of shit I needed to get done, some personal, some professional. The personal stuff has gone damn well, thanks for asking 🙂 On the professional front, I needed to get my hand back in to writing after a year off. I picked four projects and worked through them, finding my feet again. The first was the Target Hitler novella; the second was a short story for another Pandemonium anthology; the third is an audiobook script, which is nearly finished. I also got the Farscape re-watch blog running over at tor.com, which has been, and remains, a pleasure. There have been disappointments this year too, with one book turned down by a publisher, and an audio play falling through after a lot of effort due to unforeseen circumstances. But that’s all grist to the mill – there’s been far more positive than negative so far in 2012. The plan was to work through all this in six months – in fact it took seven – and then devote the second half of the year to bashing out the first draft of a new novel. I have three novels at the same level of development – three chapters and a synopsis. So I had to choose which one to pursue and then just sit down and get down to it. This is a change for me, in that I have no commission. My five and a half books have so far all been write-for-hire, and have been commissioned with a set delivery date and fee. This book, the first that I will retain...

State of play – 16 August 2011

New and imminent Bad Haven talk to me about stuff, including my involvement with the film of School’s Out. Mass Movement Magazine review Highlander: The Four Horsemen “Moran and Andrews have taken show favourites and crafted incredible tales that carry the legacy of the show to new realms.” I have a long memoir in the second issue of the amazing Vworp Vworp. It’s all about growing up as a reader of Doctor Who Weekly / Monthly / Magazine and it’s illustrated by the brilliant Leighton Noyes (who was sweet enough to send me his original illustrations to adorn the walls of my new house). I must admit to being quite awfully pleased with the piece in question (Hubris? Moi?) and I urge you to pre-order issue two right now. In progress Finessing the dialogue, mission briefs and cut scenes for this: Writing up my notes on the first draft of the screenplay based on School’s Out Trying to come up with a good short story for an anthology that asked me contribute – two weeks left and I have an inkling of a piece, but am wrestling with whether it’s too dark for me to put out there, or whether I can even pull it off… Pitching an audio drama for my fave franchise – my first pitch was rejected, but the door’s still open (I think/hope/pray) Plus, you know, buying my first house, working 9-5, raising two kids, all that jazz. All of which may explain why I’m so puffed out that the new novel remains stalled at 20,000 words – for now. Fret not, it will get done. Next...

School’s Out film news

The news story below appeared in Screen International yesterday, so I can  talk about it now. In brief: the film has got development funding, I’m on board as script consultant, and Oliver Milburn is writing and directing. I met with Oliver and Emma, the producer, a few weeks back. We got on famously and they have a good, strong take on the material. It’s all very exciting, I must say 🙂 Oliver S. Milburn to adapt feature version of School’s Out The feature adaptation of Scott Andrews’ boarding school set novel has received development funding from Screen South. Oliver S. Milburn is to adapt post apocalyptic boarding school novel School’s Out for the big screen. Scott Andrews, who wrote the novel on which it is based, will work as a script consultant alongside Milburn, who is also being lined up to direct the film. It will be the second feature to come out of UK production company Multistory Films. Milburn also wrote and directed the company’s debut feature The Harsh Light Of Day which has just completed post. The project has secured development funding from regional screen agency Screen South. Producer Emma Biggins of Multistory Films, said Milburn had “outlined an exciting action packed screenplay with a strong cultural subtext for School’s Out.” Multistory Films is currently developing a slate of 9 films, including a co-production with Australia and a sci-fi short film, to be directed by Louisa...

An interesting day

Well, it’s been an interesting day, and it certainly got this new site off to a flying start. I was first told that School’s Out was about to be optioned over two years ago. Needless to say I was pretty excited. Quick as a flash, nothing at all happened. The recession hit, companies retrenched, silence fell, and Stronghold beat School’s Out to the punch as Abaddon Books‘ first optioned book. Last month I attended the London Book Fair where the estimable Jason Kingsley, head honcho of Rebellion, told me that another company was about to option the book. Once bitten, twice shy – I allowed myself a soupçon of excitement but adopted a firm ‘believe it when I see it’ philosophy. So when the press release arrived and I found out that the deal had gone through, I had to pinch myself. Lucky I set up a new blog yesterday, but it was more lucky accident rather than cunning plan. Having spent the day being deluged with congratulations from lovely people, I’m still beaming. I can’t, however, answer all your questions at this time. Mostly this is because I honestly don’t know the answers yet. And don’t expect a constant trickle of news, either – the movie business does not move quickly. The one question I can answer right now is: “Are you going to be rich?” To which I am free to reply: “Hahahahahahahahahahaha! No.” But I’m still smiling 🙂 Read other posts tagged School’s...

School’s Out – Optioned!

Abaddon’s ‘Attack the Block meets Lord of the Flies’ novel optioned by Multistory Films Abaddon Books is proud to announce that  it has struck a deal with Multistory Films to bring School’s Out by Scott Andrews to the big screen. Attack the Block meets Lord of the Flies in a post-apocalyptic landscape where pupils at a public school grow up fast or they don’t grow up at all, School’s Out is one of the standout titles from Abaddon’s successful Afterblight Chronicles series. The books follows the final days of St Mark’s School for Boys; and when your teachers are killing each other, the prefect is experimenting with crucifixion, and the rival gang from across town has decided that ritualistic cannibalism is the way to go, spots and BO don’t seem like such big problems any more. Multistory Films is a new UK-based production company, which has just completed post-production on its debut feature film, low budget horror thriller The Harsh Light of Day. This will be closely followed by art house feature Verity’s Summer; written and directed by Short film Palme D’Or nominee Benjamin Crowe. Jonathan Oliver, editor-in-chief of Abaddon Books, said:“We’re delighted that the quality of Scott’s work on School’s Out has been recognised – it’s a great novel and a cracking read that never lets up. With teenagers facing insurmountable odds in TV series like Misfits and films such as Attack the Block, the time when teens save the world is nigh!” Jason Kingsley, CEO of Rebellion, said:“Whereas much post-apocalyptic fiction focuses on the bleak, The Afterblight Chronicles is made for the silver screen: action, big set pieces, strong characters and a killer concept.  Abaddon’s...