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Black Sheep, the Movie.

I have been keeping secrets.

It is true that Black Sheep has been taking its time to be released. I haven't discussed it. Contractual obligations, you know? But everyone involved, from the publisher, the director, and the distributors, have been keen to stagger both the film and book, so that they are released close to each other. Film? I hear you say. Well, yes. Film. I sold the rights to the book ages ago but honestly didn't expect anything to come out of it. Who would make a dystopian film based upon race? I just took the cash and laughed and figured that my so called dark, intense little future would never make it to the screen.

I was, of course, wrong.

Black Sheep, the movie. Coming in August.

I haven't had much to do with the film, but I'm told, through various second hand channels, that it's remarkably faithful to my book. Cold, bleak, racist filled dystopia, one email said. People will love it, or people will hate it. No middle ground, another added. So very dark. Fucking intense. You get the picture. I suppose that's good, but I haven't seen it, and probably won't. The actors are new, mostly, but if you've watched any new Zealand television, I'm sure they'll be familiar to you (yeah, the director and production company at from New Zealand). In case you're wonder, Black Sheep will be going to the printer within the next week or so, or so Sean Wallace (oldcharliebrown) tells me. He's keen to get in early and cash in as the hype builds. Goes to bed dreaming of bags of Hollywood cash and Hollywood producers taking him out for lunch, he tells me. I suppose we've all got to dream a little. Me, i'm hoping people just buy the book.

Do the click. The trailer is a cold, nasty thing. Thanks to Hannah Wolf Bowen buymeaclue for the heads up.

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lucius_t
Jan. 21st, 2007 01:28 am (UTC)
Black Sheep
You have a cameo, right?
buymeaclue
Jan. 21st, 2007 01:33 am (UTC)
Re: Black Sheep
Third sheep from the left!
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ex_chrisbil
Jan. 21st, 2007 01:56 am (UTC)
You are baad-ass!
benpeek
Jan. 21st, 2007 01:58 am (UTC)
oh, god, not the puns.
ex_benpayne119
Jan. 21st, 2007 02:40 am (UTC)
Awesome news, man! Congratulations!

Looking forward to both...

benpeek
Jan. 21st, 2007 02:41 am (UTC)
didja watch the trailer?
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vampyrichamster
Jan. 21st, 2007 04:50 am (UTC)
Dude. Those are scary ass sheep. They are fluffy. Yet they eat people. *scared*
benpeek
Jan. 21st, 2007 05:29 am (UTC)
i like the guy who says that sheep are 'special'. heh.
wyldemusick
Jan. 21st, 2007 05:03 am (UTC)
Utterly baaaaamy, mate. Effects by WETA and all that. I have to say, though, only in NZ.

It did leave me laughing, I admit, and I hope to hell that this is the intent of the producers (Icon - Mel Gibson's lot, innit?)
benpeek
Jan. 21st, 2007 05:30 am (UTC)
nah, i don't think they are gibson's. not sure, though, but i've seen them round on other films.

i'm pretty sure the thing is meant to be for gags. had me laughing, anyway.
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underdogautopsy
Jan. 21st, 2007 05:14 am (UTC)
If I don't get to see this film in American theatres, I'm going to be very, very upset...

(clap....... clap.... clap.. clap, clap, clap, clapclapclapclapclap)
benpeek
Jan. 21st, 2007 05:31 am (UTC)
keep clapping, man. i'll be surprised if it hits australian theatres for more than a week.
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shadowsandice
Jan. 21st, 2007 05:59 am (UTC)
I'm crying. In a good way.
benpeek
Jan. 21st, 2007 08:35 am (UTC)
then my work is done.
cassiphone
Jan. 21st, 2007 06:05 am (UTC)
Whoa. That's amazing. It looks cool and weird and funny! Like Peter Jackson's early stuff, or Shaun of the Dead... could be a cult hit. :)

Congrats.
benpeek
Jan. 21st, 2007 08:35 am (UTC)
i really don't deserve any congrats. i'm very modest here--my involvement has been zero :)
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benpeek
Jan. 21st, 2007 08:36 am (UTC)
i hope you enjoy it :)
switchknitter
Jan. 21st, 2007 08:51 am (UTC)
Too cool. Congrats! *hug*
benpeek
Jan. 21st, 2007 12:54 pm (UTC)
be sure to watch the clip--it puts everything into perspective :)
crookfactory
Jan. 21st, 2007 12:07 pm (UTC)
I guess I'll be doing my bit by eating more lamb cutlets.
benpeek
Jan. 21st, 2007 12:54 pm (UTC)
you're just unaustralian if you don't, mate.
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paulhaines
Jan. 22nd, 2007 12:13 am (UTC)
being a kiwi, all i can say is Woohoo!
paulhaines
Jan. 22nd, 2007 12:15 am (UTC)
more importantly, how did this happen? ie you selling the film rights. Did you approach someone? Did Sean Wallace? How how how?
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ironed_orchid
Jan. 23rd, 2007 12:11 am (UTC)
Wow, that's really cool.

I hope it's a good film and that it generates interest in your books.
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