Thursday, October 27, 2005

Hello PEOPLE hello

I get the oddest things in my FAQ inbox. For example...

This is Ann, a researcher with People Magazine. Do you have any idea the cities in which Beowulf will be filmed? I understand the filming has started; we're trying to figure out where.

And I couldn't figure out how to reply. I mean, if you pick up the trades, they will tell not only where in Los Angeles they're shooting Beowulf but in which studio building. And Bob Zemeckis has all-but finished shooting the movie anyway. All in one room, on a 25-foot square space called The Volume, where he's been capturing the performances of some astonishing actors -- among others, Anthony Hopkins and John Malkovitch and Ray Winstone and Robin Wright Penn and Crispin Glover and, yes, Angelina Jolie (who is, I should add, excellent, along with being very nice, and will be, I have no doubt, the reason why I get odd messages like this from People Magazine). (And horses. Galloping horses.)

If I had to compare it to anything it's like watching the characters from Tron performing Shakespeare on a minimalist set. Only it's not like that at all.

I hope this isn't rude but I have the Mirrormask script book (which I loved) and at the end it has the story you first wrote to Dave McKean about (The Mirror and the Mask) and then the story that Dave McKean came up with instead (MirrorMask) and the emails you and he sent each other, & the way I read it MirrorMask is obviously his story. My question is, will you ever tell *your* story, about Lenore and the changeling and the fairy world so on? It felt like magic. Maybe as a graphic novel??

I don't think so. MirrorMask was very much Dave's story from the start (it was a dream he had) but I think I used enough of my story in there -- the block of flats, Valentine as a character, the two girls becoming one at the end (even though it's not the way I'd originally imagined it), helping a sick parent -- that I think that, even though it and MirrorMask are very different, it would feel too familiar somehow (in addition to which I realised one I reread it for publication that I'd actually taken my favourite moment in it from Jack Vance's lovely story "The Moon Moth").

I think you'll just have to read that outline again and make the film-that-never-was in your head.

oops. I have to run. More later.