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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!
benpeek
Jan. 21st, 2007 02:01 am (UTC)
Re: Black Sheep
i have a feeling this whole comment section is just going to degenerate into a whole heap of bad sheep jokes ;)
buymeaclue
Jan. 21st, 2007 02:12 am (UTC)
Re: Black Sheep
We can only hope.
benpeek
Jan. 21st, 2007 01:58 am (UTC)
Re: Black Sheep
nah. i was an extra once--that's enough for me in film.
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?
ex_benpayne119
Jan. 21st, 2007 02:45 am (UTC)
Nah. I'm on dialup.

benpeek
Jan. 21st, 2007 03:00 am (UTC)
so am i. seriously, watch it.
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.
wyldemusick
Jan. 21st, 2007 05:41 am (UTC)
Nope, it's Gibson's lot, although they may not have the rights for the US -- the Weinsteins are maintaining tradition by picking it up for the US; before the split from Disney it would have wound up as one of their Dimension releases.

And it's definitely done for shits and giggles...following in the footsteps of mad old Peter Jackson.
benpeek
Jan. 21st, 2007 12:57 pm (UTC)
yeah, it reminded me a bit of jackson.
ex_chrisbil
Jan. 21st, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC)
Am I the only one getting the Dog Soldiers feeling? This could be awesome... Ben, you've seen Dog Soldiers, right?!?
benpeek
Jan. 22nd, 2007 12:22 am (UTC)
nope :)
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.
underdogautopsy
Jan. 21st, 2007 05:34 am (UTC)
'Tis a shame, too, looks damn enjoyable. I'll be watching for it on DVD anyway.
benpeek
Jan. 21st, 2007 05:37 am (UTC)
i think it's a definate rental, yeah.
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 :)
cassiphone
Jan. 21st, 2007 12:17 pm (UTC)
I kind of meant, congrats on the modest but nevertheless welcome increase of sales that a cult film (and cool YouTube short) will inevitably have on the sales of your book.

Films are cool and all, but it's all about the books. :)

benpeek
Jan. 21st, 2007 12:56 pm (UTC)
to be honest, i'd be kinda surprised if it has any impact. but who knows? maybe it'll get the less aware people and have them buying the book. heh.
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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.
crookfactory
Jan. 21st, 2007 01:00 pm (UTC)
Or doing my bit for our Kiwi neighbours by shagging some of their sheep.

Actually, I'll just stick to looking after our Australian needs.
benpeek
Jan. 21st, 2007 01:05 pm (UTC)
yeah, probably for the best. you get all that wool in your mouth. blah. hey, you going to the big day out on thurs?
crookfactory
Jan. 21st, 2007 01:14 pm (UTC)
Hope I can get rid of the wool from my mouth later tonight...

BDO's on this Thursday? I thought they always do it on Australia Day...

Anyway, no I'm not. I'm not big on festivals though I've never been to one so I wouldn't know, would I? It's just the crowds that put me off. If only I could run amock like I own the place.

But I'm catching the Muse and Kasabian sideshows so it's not like I'm missing out on anything. They're the 2 acts that I wanted to see the most so I'm chuffed.
benpeek
Jan. 21st, 2007 01:28 pm (UTC)
yeah, i dunno what's up with the BDO this year. it's the day before australia's day. makes no difference to me, though.

i went last year, which was the first time i went to the festival, and had a really good time. i just band hopped the entire day. i get what you mean by the crowds, and there's a fuck load of a crowd there, but i wasn't bothered through the entire thing. perhaps because i didn't spend a lot of time in the main area until the end.

about the only act i would've seen from the lineup on their own was my chemical romance, but this way i get a bit of tool, and some drones again (i'd pay for them, but i saw them not so long ago, so no rush), the violent femmes... all good.
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?
benpeek
Jan. 22nd, 2007 12:22 am (UTC)
i didn't actually sell the rights, man. if you click the link you'll see the film is, well, about genetically modified killer sheep. heh. the post is all joke.
paulhaines
Jan. 22nd, 2007 12:30 am (UTC)
damn... cannae get through to youtube where I am (that being at a client site where the internet filters say no). Very funny though!
ironed_orchid
Jan. 23rd, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)
Aw, I hate you, I didn't click.
benpeek
Jan. 23rd, 2007 02:08 am (UTC)
yeah, this has been a fun little post :)
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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