Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Blackwood TV DEAL

This came in an email from Strange Chemistry so I thought I'd share

We wouldn't usually bother you with every tiny little piece of news that crosses our desk here at Strange Chemistry HQ, but this is BIG news and we felt we had to share!
We've been sitting on this secret for a little while now and, finally, thanks to a press release that went out very late Friday night GMT time, we can reveal that...
For us, this is massive news. It isn't just an option to produce something, they have stated an intent to write an adaptation and put it into development. It isn't a guarantee that we'll see it hit our TV screens, but it is a MASSIVE step in that direction.
We're delighted that one of our first five launch titles has been picked up in this manner, and it goes without saying that we're utterly thrilled for Gwenda.
The MTV wordage
 MTV has put in development Blackwood, a drama from Lionsgate Television and Kelsey Grammer’s Grammnet Prods. It is based on the young adult book of the same name by Gwenda Bond, which was published this past September on the Strange Chemistry YA imprint of UK-based science fiction publisher Angry Robot Books. DC Comic book and television writer Peter Calloway (Brothers & Sisters) will write the adaptation. Blackwood centers on 19-year-old Miranda Blackwood who, when 114 people, including her father, suddenly vanish off Roanoke Island, begins to investigate the mass disappearance, teaming with her high school sweetheart. But she makes a chilling discovery when she uncovers that she’s at the center of not only this mystery, but one that traces back to the first American mystery: the disappearance of 114 people at what would be called The Lost Colony. The project stems from Grammnet’s deal with Lionsgate. Calloway executive produces with Grammnet’s Kelsey Grammer, Stella Bulochnikov, and Brian Sher. Grammnet VP Brian Taylor found the manuscript and sought out the rights for Grammnet and Lionsgate TV. WME reps Calloway, who is managed by Adam Kolbrenner, as well as Grammnet. Bond is repped by Andrea Brown Literary Agency and Gotham Group.
You can congratulate Gwenda via Twitter @Gwenda!
I'll be back to blogging on Monday. Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving!



  1. That is SO cool!! Congrats to Gwenda! I have had this book since it came out:) I haven't been able to read it yet though.

    Also, I am glad to see you blogging regularly, Heather!! I hope you are feeling better!

  2. Oh I still need to read this book. What fun!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  3. Wow! That is big news! Congrats to all involved. :)

  4. Wow - if only! Well done Gwenda! :D X

  5. That IS huge! Congrats to her on much deserved success!

  6. I saw this too and thought it was so cool. I haven't read the book yet and now I can't decide if I want to wait to see the show if it happens or read the book first!

    - Jessica @ Book Sake


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