Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Anita Blake Movie Update

UPDATE: November 22, 2009

Laurell K. Hamilton on her blog today announced that the IFC TV movie of the Anita Blake series will not be going forward. She further says -
It has been frustrating watching other shows in the genre I pioneered go on the air while we didn’t, but in the end I believe most things happen for a reason. I would rather have no television show than a bad one.
I would say LKH is none too happy about the situation and like many I find the cancellation news disappointing as well. It is interesting that the author continues to brazenly trumpet "the genre I pioneered" stance. Do you agree?

What other urban fantasy or paranormal series would you like to see made into a film or movie from some enterprising studio?



The Hollywood Reporter posted this update today confirming that the planned Anita Blake adaptation of the Laurell K. Hamilton novels will be a made-for-TV movie for release in 2010 and not necessarily a pilot for a TV series. Apparently it is IFC's 'first ever' feature length production. Wonder if we should worry about that. IFC states that it is "targeting the movie to its core base of men ages 18-34". Whoa! Correct me if I am wrong, but wouldn't you agree that most Anita Blake readers are women? Here is my posting on the original announcement and suggested fantasy casting line-up from last fall.
Cable network IFC is readying to announce an adaption of a popular vampire novel as its first-ever theatrical-length movie production.

IFC is teaming with Lionsgate for a TV movie based on the "Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter" books. The project is the network's first-ever feature-length production and could be the basis for more Blake projects if successful.

The 16-books-and-counting Blake novels by Laurell Hamilton includes elements familiar to fans of "True Blood" (vampires are part of regular society) and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (tough young female fights supernatural forces). The project will be adapted by Glen Morgan ("X-Files," "Final Destination"), who also serves as executive producer along with Courtney Solomon ("Dungeons and Dragons"). IFC is targeting the movie to its core base of men ages 18-34 and plans to air the movie next year.

"The popularity of the network in this demographic indicates that there is a clear demand for films that delve into provocative topics and nothing is more classically provocative than vampire lore," said Jennifer Caserta, executive vp and general manager of IFC. "Anita Blake fits perfectly with our successful original programming."

In the books, Blake is a vampire hunter with a lousy dating life who also works as a police consultant investigating supernatural crimes. She attempts to come to terms with her own abilities, and navigate a romantic and political relationships within the vampire community.

"Laurell has created a fascinating heroine in Anita Blake, and we quickly recognized the onscreen potential for this vivid character," said Kevin Beggs, Lionsgate's president of TV programming and production. "We have an outstanding creative team and are excited to be moving forward with IFC, which will allow us to fully explore the complex world of Laurell's highly intriguing and erotically charged novels."

The first several titles in the Blake series focus on paranormal action, as will the IFC movie. The later novels have become known for highly sexual content (according to Wikipedia, Blake gets involved in S&M, multiple concurrent relationships and "lycanthropic sexual fantasies"). The most recent title debuted at #1 on the New York Times best-seller list.

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  1. Since I was a big big fan up to book 10, I am very excited to see this come to the big screen, or little one. Now have to decide who would be perfect to play Anita and Jean Claude.

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  2. I'm a huge fan of all the books. And looking forward to whatever format they decide on. I didn't think they'd go for a tv movie, but is should be interesting either way.

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  3. Wasn't ITV responsible for those horrible Jane Austen adaptations in 2007? That, along with the fact that they believe the fan base is mainly male, doesn't sound promising. I'm no longer an LKH fan, so I wasn't looking forward to this, but I still hope they do a decent job.

    LauraJ

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  4. I a huge LKH fan, and yes there target audience should be woman. This I don't quite understand, maybe they should send out those questionnaires to see what the audience would be and then try for that target. I'm happy to see them in movie form, I just hope it is all botched up, trying to be something it's not.

    Dottie :)

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    1. first her target audience is both second I am a man and also a fan of her series both of them not the sex so much but the action and the power-play(power as in mystical and psychically based) is awesome and the male point of view the vampire lifestyle is way more BDSM than most realize in these books so that works for me too third be a LKH fan or dont be I honestly don't care but the did get the target audience half right by the way I should point out that I am not only male but Straight as well for the skeptics so LKH rocks rock on girl keep doing your thing Laurell for those of you that enjoy the Anita Blake series I recommend Merry Gentry as well it has abit more humor

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  5. Which book are they adapting? Some of them... well... I quit reading for a reason. The series started great, and then (I thought) wandered. It could be interesting, in a train-wreck sort of way.

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  6. KB no matter what they do it will be controversial. Casting Anita well is going to be a huge challenge.

    Anna hopefully people won't be burned out on TV vampires before this arrives.

    Don't know about the Jane Austen adaptations Laura, but the fact that they don't seem to have a clue about the audience is a bit disturbing.

    Dottie hopefully they will just stick to the basics. The early books were great stories, so they shouldn't have to work too hard to get it right.

    Just_Me they aren't very clear about that, but I suspect if they hope to turn it into a franchise they will start from the beginning and maybe add a few twists the same way True Blood uses the basic Sookie framework but throws in a few extra curves.

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  7. I think the early Anita Blake books were geared towards both male and female, but the laters ones seems more towards the females.

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  8. I'll be interested to see what they do with this.

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  9. Uh-oh now I'm worried (hopefully they accidentally left off the 'wo'). I adore this series and I sure hope they don't turn it into a cliche.

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  10. Princess Allie it will indeed be interesting to see if they go for a broad audience or more of a Spike TV approach.

    Hagelrat no matter what they do there will be big crowds on both the 'hate it' and 'love it' sides.

    I'd really like to see them make it work Lady_tink. Everyone writing UF today owes a big debt to the groundwork LKH laid down. Anita is an original.

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  11. Casting will surely be a bitch for Anita and for the beautiful men, men that beautiful just don't exist in real life

    And that they think more guys read Anita??? Are they thinking that because of the graphic novels? maybe they don't realize they started as real books first not ones with pictures...lol. Sorry.

    It's just women are the primary readers of any books and especially LKH's books though I know a lot of men who do read them.

    Maybe these people haven't read the books and think because of all the sex and violence that it should be geared towards men. Sorry we women can handle sex and violence too...in fact we often have to.

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  12. Roxanne if they are like most TV execs they will merely emulate what works. True Blood is going strong with a large dose of sex and violence and to listen to water cooler talk it is most popular with the ladies and wives. I can't tell you how many of my friends have remarked on how their wives are quite taken with the show. So I am sure they are going to point and say "make it like that!"

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  13. okay, I saw a book signing by LKH where she question about making a moview of her works "no comment" was the main question till finaly she dis say she not believe anybody in hollywood had read her books that there was not way to stay true to the stories and make it able to be shown on TV.

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  14. I can honestly say I'm curious, excited, and yes, even a little worried. I'm curious to see how they adapt all 16 and counting books into a made for TV movie, and have said from the third book I would be disappointed to see someone ruin this series by casting the wrong actors in a movie. As for targeting men all I can say is someone didn't do their homework on that one. I have seen the lines when a new Anita Blake comes out, and have very seldom encountered more than a handful of men waiting impatiently. What are they thinking??

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  15. Krystanna I think they are mostly thinking "hot chick".

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  16. Well, I'm a guy and I work in a bookstore. More women buy the books, but a lot of guys read them too. Though, more guys order the comic, I will give you that. I think the series is great, but unfortunately as with all adaptations it will surely not be the same. Time constraints and all. Plus, since they're not sure how it will go over, and are waiting to see if it is popular before they make more, I have a feeling that they will try and meld atleast the first four books into one. Le sigh.

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  17. Chris the series has grown so popular and controversial it will surely be interesting to see. I suspect that there will be fans and critics on both sides regardless of what they produce. Kind of a no-win situation.

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  18. As with all things. Though, it does give me comfort knowing that IFC is backing it, because that gives it a better shot at having a comparable amount of blood, gore, vulgarity and sex to the series...hopefully. Uncut, Unedited. Let's hope so.

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  19. Duh! Anita should be played by none other than Michelle Rodreguez- think about it- small, bad- ass attitude... the hair and eyes match. Jean Cleaud though... hmm... As for mor most readers being male- WTF!?

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    1. Hmm. Never considered Rodriquez for the role. Might work. Jean Claude? Maybe Stuart Townsend..... Maybe.

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    2. no michelle though a good actress is in no way shape or form anita material hell no

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    3. michelle doesn't fit the physical description of anita, apart from the hair and eyes

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  20. um... without it being a series, how the hell are they going to get the many complex plot lines? I mean which book are they going to use, or are they going to use a mixture of all of them and just hash it up?

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  21. spawnoflilith I think this is intended as a pilot to a series which means if it doesn't make it to series the movie will likely not stand alone all that well.

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  22. I really hope they don't screw this up and somehow turn Anita into a Mary-Sue... If things turn out okay, I can't wait to see this come into action. I'm a serious AB:VH fan, and will always remain one. =] Good luck to the actors and actresses! (I'm voting Kate Beckensale as Anita!)

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  23. i vote kate beckensale too. but i was upset with trueblood to a degree with their casting and the excessive unnecessary sexual content- gearing it towards men sounds ominous in that regard. i just hope its done right- but i dont have high expectations

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  24. i cant wait for the show too come out!! i really think they should put into a movie series. can you imagine all the fascinating characters that would come alive?!?!

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  25. I have read all the books and LOVE them. I can't see how they expect to turn such a complicated not to mention long series into a movie. Even if they just use the first few books to make the movie I think they will be trying to condense so much into a 2 hour long movie. They should have either decided to make it a TV series or a series of feature length movies to fully capture the whole complicted story line. And as much sex as is in the books it would be nice if they could tone it down for the screen. After all it's supposed to be porn...

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  26. WOW. i am way too excited for this movie... its like insane. and reallym it is bs that the target is 18-34 males. im 16 and female, and me along with my friends are in love with the series. if they mes up the movie, imma still be a fan of anita blake novels. i have read them all and nothing could stop me from loving them... i just really hope it works out. cant wait=]]

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  27. It is amazing how much excitement there is for this movie. People love the Anita Blake books. It would be so nice for a project update from the producers or even LKH (although I don't know if she is directly in the loop).

    Thanks everyone for their comments and enthusiasm!

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  28. I'm a guy and I love the Blake series. I've read and reread it so many times I've had to rebuy all the books twice!

    Now All we have to do is pray that the movie is decent. I don't know... one of those guys did dungeons and dragons and that movie sucked beyond the human ability to calculate.

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  29. first i would like to say that i love all the books. a lot of people stoped reading because sex came into the story line.that is pure bullshit.and its not like she even likes the fact that she has to feed off sex to live, so its not like shes a complete slut.forget the sex and pay attintion to the story line. second, probably the only reason the target audience is male is because its a movie. yes most readers are female, but i have tried explaining the world of anita to my husband and he basically told me if it was a movie he would like it.mostly because of the sex and the hot bad ass chick. but still i think every reader of LKH will be tuning there chanels the day it airs. and problably forcing the men in there life to watch. so they can see what exactly is so interesting.

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    1. for the people that lefy because of the passionate scenes obviously you do noyt understand the point it furthers the story it gives that passion and steam to an other wise action filled series come on all the real romantics have to admit Laurell is not cras about it she writes it tastefully and well sexy so get over yourselves and enjoy great writting instead of being a bunch of stuck up prudes sheesh Mama bear good for you seriously keep it up us LKH fans have to stick yogether lol

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  30. You idiots, if you "quickly recognized" the potential for a movie it would have been out at least 10 years ago! GAH

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  31. This movie better be good. I've been waiting forever for this. I dont think they should do a tv movie..it should either be on the big screen or be a series. LKH's books are NOT geared towards males..wtf? I think they didnt read the books or they're planning to change it so it is appealing to men, which is stupid because it shouldn't be changed. I hope LKH knows what she's doing, bc if not a lot of fans will be disappointed.

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  32. Anonymous it's always a crap shoot with television movies. Sometimes they get it right but mostly they are just trying to make money. A mini-series or theatrical release would have been a better idea.

    mama_bear of course the sex came much later in the series. I suspect the initial movie will be from the beginning of the series.

    The Crazed Hockey Goalie the Hollywood types sure like to spin things :)

    London there will always be those that will be disappointed. I think casting will be key.

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  33. I think despite the fact that most LKH readers are female these days, the early books (what I'm assuming that they'll start with since they're starting from scratch) could appeal to either male or female readers. I'm thinking it'll probably go the way of any other "sexy kick ass chick" which isn't necessarily a bad thing, look at Buffy. If you saw the movie they originally based the series off of... yikes. So, depending on the take it could go well. And when they gear things towards one audience or another many people of the opposite "target audience" get involved. Look at the Underworld Movies... those are totally geared towards action loving boys but I know many a woman who finds Kate Beckensale appealing as a heroine and the same will happen with Anita. But, this girl will watch it no matter what.

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  34. I have just discovered Anita Blake and I love the books! I would love to see them on a large or small screen as long as they are made well...and if they are they will draw both men and women.
    As for Crazed Hockey Goalie's comment, the producers or whoever you quoted have realized the potential now that vampires are popular again...Twilight, TruBlood, etc. They gotta justify their paychecks some way don't they LOL.

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  35. I think the gearing towards men is more to do with the comics than the books...I am a huge fan of the books...I hope they don't like..spawn it out...not everything is a comic book..and I hope they don't screw up Jean Claude....I'd be sad

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  36. Anonymous no matter what they do the initial turnout to watch this will be huge. The fan base is very committed to Anita.

    Sue I think you are right that the popularity of vampires allowed the Anita property to be picked up. I suspect it has always been problematic because the series veers from its origins so much in later books.

    Ally casting will be critical. To be safe they might just go with a completely unknown cast because otherwise no casting decision will make everyone happy.

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  37. Geared towards men -- are they kidding. The fan base is women. Love,love,love the books. I can't wait for the movie.But I don't plan on watching a comical male fantasty version!It would be a disservice if the movie isn't made for both the female and male audience.

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  38. hey i love all of these books and im a 15 year old guy but i do agree more women probaly do read them and i hope they get the right actors for this if they mess up the movie its really goin to make me mad...

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  39. Anonymous, yep I believe there are lots of guy readers but I don't think it leans too much one way or another. Casting will be crucial. If they don't get it right or at least close, it won't stand a chance.

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  40. My only concern is that if the guy responsible for the Final Destination movies is in on this, the movie might be made so gory and unrealistic that it'll turn off the audience. Yes, I know raising zombies and sleeping with the paranormal is not something we see on the streets everyday, but the storyline needs to have the same core, less it becomes just another forgetable slasher flick.

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  41. I just hope they don't make her a busty blonde with long legs. Anita is a beautiful woman that is shorter. I have read almost all the books up to Micah, after that it went too sexual and not so much what she started out as. Although since i have not read after Micah I am not sure. But I am hoping to get into the series here again soon. And Jean Claude and Richard had better be well cast, I just hope they don't fiu

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  42. Well said Anonymous. Anita is an urban fantasy icon and needs to be treated as such.

    Dragoness the is no way LKH would allow for that.

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  43. Dragoness:
    You are right in that sex becomes a major component in the story, but that just seems to be the way she's chosen to develope the story. Granted I think it is a little over-done in a particular scene in Skin Trade (I don't want to give anything away) but more often than not, it's an important part of the story line. I think the sereis is beginning to veir off track a little, but it's likely that Hamilton just want's to prolong the series as much as possible. I'd still recomend reading them all.
    -Karigan (Formerly Anonymous)

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  44. hi i am a guy who enjoys the anita blake series i hope they dont cast someone that we all know to play anita i dont think that woman from blade would be any good at all anita is much better looking but they do need to make all the people look like they were described in the books thanks matt

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  45. I'm excited that they'll make Anita Blake into a movie, but what concerns me is that they think it's geared to men 18-34. I think honestly that it should be geared to men and women 18-45 LOL. Being that they think it's geared toward men are they going to keep out the relationship issues (and yes even some of the sex) that they put into the books?! To be truthfull, I hardly watch tv anymore because they make things too corny or unrealistic (even for Sci fi). I would be really disappointed to find that TV has ruined yet another book (series) that I have grown to love.

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  46. Anonymous casting will make or break this film

    Laurieann77 I believe that statement was just marketing hype.

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  47. I think they're going to bring in a cast of small timers or unknowns, because I can't think of anyone who could play Anita or Jean-Claude well enough...

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  48. I love the Anita Blake Series, but this is an age where the whole vampire theme is being undeniably overplayed. Everyone seems to think that if they have vampires in their movies or shows, it will make the movies more marketable. I hope the execs who are thinking about taking on this series, are not going to water down the movie, and make it into something that LKH fans will be turned off by. I hope they incorporate Hamilton's writing style as well. And hopefully it wont be like True blood, or those other segas like the new Twilight generation. I also hope that they can pull off the cast well, because that is an integral part of the series.

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  49. Karigan Rider there have been tons of suggestions on casting but I think unknowns are a good idea.

    Alexia LKH fans are so diverse I doubt they could agree on casting so I hope they go with unknowns. And for plotting I hope they stick to the Necromancer/detective feel of the early books with a dash of vampire.

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  50. I think the reason they gear it toward the adult males is because they already have the women. They know that the women will watch it regardless if it's intended for male audiences. I think they will make it into a Lara croft: tomb raider type you know the short short skimpy outfits heroine kicking ass. Seriously after reading the Anita blake series I couldn't stand the sookie books. I think it was too bland and slow paced to me and I think Anita Blake has more material and has more oopmh factor. Not to mention Anita is more original than anyone out there. Sookie books had way too much similarities with AB books. Well my point, even if I don't like much the sookie books, I watched True blood and though I hated it first, my curiosity just made me watch it. I have to admit I like it but not as much as reading an Anita blake book. Regardless what happened to the AB:VH tv series, I'm in.

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  51. Alexia, you are so right. Vampires are just a fad right now, I mean, has anyone taken a look at the young adults section lately? Just a slew of bandwagon books that cater to peoples current obsession. My theory is that like "Iron John: the Naive Man", men today are too submissive and women are reading into the darker side of fiction to compensate for that. Think about it, vampires are secure, possessive, dark... all the things that girls are supposed to be above. I figure most of the people reading these books now are women. I may be generalizing, but I have done studies into it. I really hope this movie isn't just another bandwagon movie...as

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  52. I know a lot of people are making a big deal about them saying its gearing mainly towards male audience but they really aren't that far off.

    Think about it, besides all the sex, blood, and violence, how many characters in the books are male and how many are female. I'm sure you will notice that most are male. Now that being said LKM has done a very nice trick here with each of these men. Not one of the men in the book are the same kind of guy they are all different kind of men, so there isn't a guy in this world who cant relate themselves to a male character in this book, I myself can relate my self to a few. And even though Anita Blake is the main character, that doesn't mean that every women in this world could relate to her, in fact and i say this with the up most respect but i doubt many women would be able to relate to Anita Blake.

    And I honestly think more men would be able to relate to Anita Blake then women.

    But thats my person opinion don't chew me out for it because i wont do it to you.

    GMB

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  53. Hmm... I never thought about it that way before. But in having so many men in the book, women also get to have their pick of the perfect man. The slave, desperate and lonely, confident and sexy, there's quite the smorgasbord to pick from.

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  54. Sorry to announce, but LKH announced that there will be no movie. http://blog.laurellkhamilton.org/index.php/site/the_tv_show_on_ifc_is_not_happening/
    Apparently, one of her reasons is she doesn't think the screen can portray the same love of her characters as she has.

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  55. i read up until the Killing dance, The killing dance seemed to fall flat with me, sure werewolves and kick ass fighting. I do -not- agree with any of you, This store could have kept the 'hint' of sex in it's lines and never truely bring it to light. That is the part that bothers me. Sure, I'm a guy and sure sex should pull me ore into a book but it didn't. I find the sex in the book repulsive and out of place.

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  56. Oh, you'll get used to it, trust me. If it helps, there's only a mention of sex in the next book, one scene in the book after, and none again in the one after that...I've read them all too many times.

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  57. I think that Hamilton wrote beautyfully, but she did wander a bit into the realm of sex and what not. I have read all of her books and I love them, even if they did wander. Making it into a TV series would be a bad idea mainly because there is a vampire craze going on and all that other great stuff. Also it wouldn't do the books justices if crucial parts were rushed or not there at all. It's best to just leave it to the readers imagination.

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  58. Anonymous with the series popularity it is unlikely that they would ever be able to make everyone happy. Imagination is a good thing.

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  59. All I want from this movie is pretty much good casting. If they get a good cast then they can probably get good enough writers to adapt the books into a passable script. It's the same idea as the Star Trek movie, just completely different. However, it's all too likely that they're going to try for something along the lines of Underworld or something like that. I just hope that they don't screw up epically because I've had too many series of my favorite books ruined like that.
    Oh, and it is the author's right to wander and dabble where she wishes, otherwise she wouldn't be much of an author.

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  60. I am so bummed that this has been cancelled. I would, however, love it if Showtime picked it up as a tv series to get the True Blood audience. It's only fair, since Charlaine Harris wrote for the Anita Blake audience. Perhaps that IFC was the wrong channel from the beginning because of the amount of sex and violence. Even though they can show Anita's fall from grace, they are going to have to put the sex and violence in the series from the beginning to keep the same audience through the whole tv run. More of a Showtime thing, from what I've seen.

    I think that Laurell K. Hamilton saying 'in the genre I pioneered' was fair. Perhaps a little indulgent, but as far as I've found, she was the first author to really take paranormal fantasy and create a world such as the one she did. Charlaine Harris completely used her ideas in that vampires are legal and sort of integrated in society, not to mention the shape shifters and other fantastical creatures that appear in both.

    Since Anita Blake there have been many authors that pulled ideas straight from the series, including Patricia Briggs, Stephenie Meyer takes many traits for her creatures including the hot vs. cold body temperature, and even in Kelley Armstrong's series. The only authors I know that focused on similar subjects in the early 90s were Anne Rice and Poppy Z. Brite, both very different from the Anita Blake books. I'm sure there must be series out there that I'm unfamiliar with, but I do think that she has ground to claim that it is a genre she pioneered.

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  61. Im a big Anita Blake fan, even more so a fan to the author. Im actually glad that they canceled the tv movie/show, whatever they were planning on doing. I know that in some way they will ruin the books and I dont want that to happen. Not to mention that everyones version of Anita, or Richard or Jean Claude are different...to see someone act it out and not meet my standards would personally kill me and the books that Ive come to love.
    Look at what they did to Blood and Chocolate..they turned my favorite character into this disgusting, 2d character. Im really against this. Especially with that stupid vampire craze going around..I bet the vampires would become too 'nice'. I prefer my vampires, evil, manipulative, and very bloody thank you very much. <33

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  62. Melissa I agree that casting an Anita Blake show would be difficult because the characters are so well loved by readers. I think the secret to doing it successfully will be to cast actors whose performance will convince us they are the characters and not worry so much about looks and physical appearance.

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  63. Im a big fan of the books and i think that if u had the right producer that they could do the movie right like for instance the director who did the Underworld series

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  64. im a seventeen yr. old male and ive searched the web trying to find other guy fans who like the series too. thx SciFiGuy for showing me im not alone! This series is one that is very divided---either you love it or you hate it. hopefully they pick a good anita.

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  65. i am a great fan os the series, at list the kik ass part before the "ardeur" thing spoil the story
    anita is a captivating caracter and in my opinion the sexual life of anita (even if somehow justifiable) has become a liability to the storyline. in some of the books i just have to jump pages and pages of sexual description because in my opinion the entire thing become boring...i wish the autor could consider return the focus to the policial work and the developement of the personal relations betwin caracters. anita has become more and more overelmed by the excess of sexual life and followers complications, douph has turn into a asshole and anita has lost her indenpence...i am waitint the next book, bullet to give it a try...if things don't change i am out

    for the movie. i think is best if it dont come. anyone can see in what they will focus in a hollywood movie...anita willl become a silicone-nynphomaniac queen

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  66. I really love her books but I would hate to see them outshined by that CRAP THEY CALL TWILIGHT!!!! I believe stephanie meyers stole CORE ELEMENTS from laurell's books.
    I mean come on!! A vampire and a werewolf guy the main girl can't decide to choose? Hello stephanie meyers you moron!! She can't even wrtie her own god damn stories!

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  67. I really love her books but I would hate to see them outshined by that CRAP THEY CALL TWILIGHT!!!! I believe stephanie meyers stole CORE ELEMENTS from laurell's books.
    I mean come on!! A vampire and a werewolf guy the main girl can't decide to choose? Hello stephanie meyers you moron!! She can't even wrtie her own god damn stories!

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  68. I really love her books but I would hate to see them outshined by that CRAP THEY CALL TWILIGHT!!!! I believe stephanie meyers stole CORE ELEMENTS from laurell's books.
    I mean come on!! A vampire and a werewolf guy the main girl can't decide to choose? Hello stephanie meyers you moron!! She can't even wrtie her own god damn stories!

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    1. I had to giggle when I read this because I feel the exact same way. I read the twight series first then started the Anita Blake series which Laurell started in 1993. I was mesmerized. I have read all of them. Looking online for the next novel, if any, I came across this dicussion. I never realized that her books were being considered for being a series or a movie. What a shame, because Laurell and Anita...you rock.

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  69. Well no suprise there. While the series started off with a great plot line and in depth characters, all it is now 300 pages of different sexual positions and chatter about relationships. I use to love this author and the series, but I believe fully she has ruined it. If she wanted to do romance novels then she should have left Anita alone and just began a new series (which she did anyways after destroying Blake) There is little story left and I have stopped reading her altogether. I think she should be removed from the Sci-fi/horror section in the bookstores and moved over to romance. There are plenty novels in that section EXACTLY like hers. And Laurell shouldn't pout that her books have been dropped from a movie. She sold out to sell copies. She should try to work out a movie deal with Vivid and see if Jenna Jameson will take on the part of Anita Blake

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  70. I am an Anita Blake fan (well, the first few books anyway), but I don't think Hamilton "pioneered the genre". I think Anne Rice pioneered the genre. As far as I'm aware, before Rice, vampires were just monsters. She gave them purpose, feeling, and humanity. Dracula had a purpose, sure, but he was a monster. He was damned, soulless, and obsessed. He wasn't capable of love or any kind of selflessness. Anne Rice created her vampires in 1973...way before LKH did. Honestly, I find Hamilton's statement that she pioneered the genre off-putting and egotistical. What genre did she pioneer? Vampire hunters? Vampire romance? Crime novels? Erotica? Shape Shifters? Mixing them all together? I really like her books, but I have read both the Merry Gentry and Anita Blake series, and they both devolved into porn. I haven't read Twilight and have no intention of doing so, but I have read the Sookie Stackhouse books and well, they're better IMHO. I was sucked into Sookie's story way more than Anita's. I cared more about the characters. I cared what happened to her. I think it is better material for TV. Sookie is humble and sweet and strong at the same time. Anita is an arrogant nympho. Who would you root for, mainstream America? Anyway, sorry to rant, but this just irked me!

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  71. I have read all of the Anita Blake books and the Merry Gentry books I find it strange that people can say they love Laurell K. Hamilton's books then say well just the first few then they get pornographic.....I like the books just the way they are the sex adds spice. Besides Jean Claude is from Belle Mortes line which is (say it with me) SEX!!!! so tell me how can she keep sex out of the books when that is where their power lies?? I love the books all of them and a movie would have been great or a tv series but really can anyone do the books justice in 2hrs?? I like the books i like the comics i like Anita and can relate to some of her issues/problems and how she deals with them....I mean come on haven't u fantasized about killing someone? sometime in ure life?? I have just read killing time i liked the book was a little dissapointed that she ******Spoiler Alert****************
    killed mommie dark off at the very end big build up no climax but mabe shes going to bring her back in another book. i can think of at least 10 directions she can go in and tie them together for 10 more books please god let their be lots more books!!!

    BTW My dad reads the books as well so her books span a broad age range.
    Celeste Clingen

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  72. I agree with Celeste! I think that two hours is seriously not enough? Even if they made a short TV series, it still wouldn't be enough :( there are so many events and things which happen in each novel that needs soo much longer!

    And not that I don't agree that it should be aimed at men butttt why not women too? A lot of people I know that read the series are women. The central prog. is a woman in a man's world sure, but it should be aimed at both genders!

    Despite my little rant, I CAN'T WAIT EITHER WAY!?! I LOVE ANITA IT'S GONNA BE AWESOME!

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  73. Good thing they cancelled this. I haven't seen a single viable suggestion for a woman who could play Anita the way she is written. I don't think a single known actress could do it. They'd need to find an unknown. She couldn't be obviously Latino, since Anita is only half, and Kate Beck is too tall. And if they don't have a good option for Anita, nothing else matters.

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  74. Anonymous it would be challenging, and I agree an unknown would probably be the better route.

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  75. i agree with the sentiment that you cant really call yourself a fan or say you love laurels books if you stopped reading when they became spicey. It seems to me that people are still stuck in a rather prudish mindset, especially as people seem to think women cant handle blood and gore, which is exactly why Anita is so popular, because she lives in the blood and gore. I think any movie or tv series would be a let down for people who have read the print, nothing matches the imagination, but if they manage to find a decent Anita, i would watch it.

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  76. I for one love Anita Blake novels, every one carries off the other in a way you don't find much in books any more. For those of you who think sex in these books has gone too far, I tell you to go back and start from the beginning and read again. Where else was Laurell supposed to go with these books. Jean Claude's line is from Belle Morte who is nothing if she's not sex. Seriously get over it. A movie or t.v. series would completely ruin these characters in my opinion. Who cares who they would cast, no one whether known or unknown could do these characters justice. The plots are too involved, and the characters themselves are way too complicated to make it on the big or small screen in any successful way. I hope they never make these books into movies or any kind of t.v series. Like all good things this should be left alone.

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  77. Anita Blake tv series should be on Starz.This would be a womens show,cause men could not get it.Spartacs tv series is on Starz and it is really a adult show and my husband loves it.Who knows men would probally like a Anita Blake tv series.It really needs to be where it can show all true stuff of these books.LKH -I get your books and its really books for a womens fantasy.I keep reading them till the end

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  78. I am a HUGE Anita fan -I have all 20 books. If they made these stories into film though I don't think I could stomach the gore. I mean rotting flesh vampires, Richard actually EATING his alpha when he wins the pack in one-on-one combat, the hardcore S&M and blood sports, snuff films... wow. I don't think TV is ready for that. The only way they could put that stuff on film would be an NR movie. Plus there is NO ONE that they could find to play Jean Claude, Nathanial, or Edward. It can't be done. The story (ies) are way too involved to ever make movie well enough.

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  79. Whats the point of a movie or series on tv if there going to cut everything but what guys love out of it? the sex and love, multi relatioinships and all whould not be there. they would try and draw out that she is a marshal and hunter and stay away from the stuff we all really want to see.

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  80. Why am I now just hearing bout this. I love he. Where is the movie ? I must see what they did. Please let me know

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  81. I love all Laurell K. Hamilton books about Anita Blake. When I get a new one I have to read from the first book all the way to the new one. I wish they would try to make a series or movie about Anita Blake. When IFC said they were on the way to making I was so.. happy that when it would come out. I would be able to watch it. I love every one in the books. I hope they do make a movie. I'm a woman and love to reread the books. Anonymous have you read Hit List?

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  82. I have no idea why IFC was interested in adapting Hamilton's books to the small screen. It doesn't sound like they have a clue about the books, except that they have vampires in them, and vampires are popular. And clearly Hamilton was unwilling to compromise on anything. A TV series needs to appeal to a wide audience; otherewise, it's a waste of time and money. The books are too unfocused and pornographic for TV, even premium cable. And even if some men read the books, I doubt that many men will watch a TV series about a woman surrounded by needy, clingy, whiney guys fighting for a crumb of a woman's affection and willing to share her sexually. The past few books were mostly about orgies. I don't even remember if there was a plot. At some point I went from being awed by Anita's life to feeling sorry for her. And that's not very interesting in an urban fantasy heroine.

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  83. I think this could only be done as an anime movie series all of the characters could be made as described in the books especially Obsidian Butterfly that would definitely be a horror movie

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