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A (Brief) Update on the Memory Thief Movie

Longtime readers might recall that more than five(!) years ago, there was a big announcement about The Memory Thief getting made into a movie and getting a sequel. And then four years ago, I announced who I’d found out the screenwriters were. Since then, you’ve heard . . . nothing. And today, that’s not going to change that much, but there is *something* to tell you, and so I thought I’d let you in.

The book was originally optioned by 21 Laps and Fox, back in the days before Fox was bought by Disney. Before that sale went through, things were actually looking promising. They’d finished a screenplay that people liked, and they had the attention of a director who wanted to do it. Then the big mouse stepped in and bought the fox, and even then, things looked okay. Disney was letting Fox movies do their thing.

Until X-Men Apocalypse. This was a Fox-produced movie that did so poorly at the box office that Disney pressed the big “stop” button on all Fox movie projects, essentially canceling them all unless exceptions were made. The good news? The Memory Thief adaptation even made it past that.

While all of that was going on, my publisher for The Memory Thief was bought out by a new company that wasn’t all that keen on doing books. They’re more focused on movies. It’s hard to publish a sequel without a publisher, and so the sequel has been thrown into limbo. I have the rights back for both books, but no publisher at the moment. If a movie were ever made, I’m sure that would help the books come back to life.

And as for the movie? Well, it’s still . . . somewhere. At least, the option has been renewed multiple times I know this, because I’ve cashed the check and spent the money. So somebody somewhere still likes the project enough to be shelling out a bit of cash to keeping it alive. The latest check just came through, so it is definitely still not dead. Where is it in the greater scheme of things? All I know is they’re working on the screenplay. I don’t know if they’re revising it, or tweaking it, or scrapping it and starting over.

And you now know everything I know about the movie. Maybe five years from now, I’ll be able to give another update.

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Chinese Illustrations for THE MEMORY THIEF

I know I said I was taking a break from blogging, but imagine my surprise the other morning when I got an email about the upcoming printing of THE MEMORY THIEF in Chinese. I’d posted the cover a few months ago, which was exciting and different. Unknown to me, my Chinese publisher also decided to commission a series of illustrations for the book as well.

Better yet, I get to share them with you . . . now!

Illustrations THE MEMORY THIEF by Bryce Moore

I think these are beautiful. So cool to see their interpretation of some of these scenes, noticing how they depicted details, from the ghost of Louis to Genevieve’s tattoos.

I can’t wait to see the edition in print!

Anyway. I’m now going back on hiatus. Thanks for reading!

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The Chinese Cover for THE MEMORY THIEF

While I was at my conference in DC yesterday, I received a lovely surprise in my inbox. MEMORY THIEF was sold in China a while ago, as you might recall, and since that sale, I haven’t really thought anything more about it. That’s the thing with foreign sales: I’ve already written the book, so it’s not like I really have to do any more work. Yay!

Anyway, the cover for the book is finished, and I’m happy to be able to share it with you now. I speak no Chinese whatsoever, so for all I know the cover says “Bryce Moore is a terrible author, and you shouldn’t buy this book,” but if any of you out there *do* speak Chinese (or know someone who does), I’d love to get a real translation.

Here it is (click through for a ginormous version):

I think it’s really cool. Much more impressionistic than the American cover, but that’s a-okay by me. I love the colors and sense of mystery and wonder it’s got going.

Now if only I spoke Chinese . . .

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And the Screenwriters for THE MEMORY THIEF Adaptation are . . .

You might think I have some sort of inside track to all the news on the film adaptation of THE MEMORY THIEF. And maybe I have a little, but today I was reminded how narrow that inside track really is. I’m a librarian, right? And that means I search things. Occasionally I search personal things. It’s been over a year since The Memory Thief movie adaptation was announced. I know they’ve been working on a script for the film. It’s progressing. But that’s about all I knew.

This morning, I took a quick jaunt around the interwebs to see if, perhaps, someone else might have a scoop on things. Maybe the person writing the screenplay had posted about it on his or her blog, or Tweeted about it, right?

It turns out, Deadline announced back at the end of October who’s doing the screenplay: Radio Silence. They also have a wikipedia page. According to Deadline:

Radio Silence is composed of Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett and Chad Villella. The collective previously directed Southbound, which premiered at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival.

Checking out their bios online, it looks like they’ve focused primarily on horror. They did a segment in V/H/S, and they did a series of online videos, as well. Their best well-known one (watched more than 33,000,000 times) is this one:

Though they’ve touched on some humor in a few of their shorts, I don’t see a much aimed at a kid audience. Which actually suits me fine. I really like their concept of the Choose Your Own Adventure shorts, and the fact that one of the trio is from Punxsutawney is a definite plus. 🙂

When I first conceived of MEMORY THIEF, I really wanted to do something in the same vein as what I call Disney horror. (Here’s the first post I wrote about it, where I was looking for recommendations on movies before I’d even started work on the book. I also listed my top ten family friendly scary movies in a different post.) Having horror writers take on the screenplay intrigues me. In a different article, I saw Radio Silence is working with a different group–one that worked on the upcoming House with a Clock in Its Walls. That trailer is awesome, and I have high hopes for the movie:

So count me in for intrigued. Not just as the author of the book, but as a fan of horror aimed at younger audiences in general. I’ll try to keep you posted on what I hear, but you might want to keep an eye on Deadline for me. Apparently I’m not nearly tuned in as I might wish to be.

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Memory Thief in Paperback

It’s official. THE MEMORY THIEF is now available in paperback everywhere books are sold. (Meaning, no longer exclusive to just Barnes & Noble.) And when I went to Amazon to double check this was correct, I was rewarded with discovering a new review of the book, left by someone I don’t know. Gaelen Foley (who I assume isn’t the actual romance writer, but perhaps a fan of hers) left this lovely review:

Days after finishing this book, I am still thinking about it with a smile. When a book stays with you like that, you know there’s something special about it. I would highly recommend The Memory Thief to kids and parents.

I was really surprised that this author hadn’t written more books before this, because his style is very smooth and honest, and yet simple. As Charles Dickens said, to write simply is one of the hardest things there is.

Newer authors don’t usually get pacing as well as Moore does here, either, yet the story doesn’t miss a beat, and the tension continually builds, with twists I didn’t see coming. What I liked about it is that the adventure flows out of characterization, it’s not forced action. This gives the tale a lot of heart.

I also really liked the small town setting, and the creepy contrast with the weirdness factor once the fantasy stuff started unfolding. Maybe a tiny whiff of Stephen King influence, especially given the Maine setting (but don’t worry, parents, there’s no horror that’ll give young readers bad dreams.) All I know is that I have been to many a country fair like the main setting for much of the action here, and he captured it perfectly.

The real fireworks come from the whole premise of memory thieves who can steal your memories right outta your head! Very original, I thought. Moore made me believe it was real, and I started thinking about what historical experiences I’d have paid money to try out through somebody else’s memories.

That leads to me to one of the main points I wanted to make about this story. Parents & teachers, if you’re looking for a story to help your 8-12’s learn a lesson about having empathy for others, this book could be a great conversation starter. In this tale, the boy literally gets to enter several different characters’ minds and see the world through _their_ eyes. What a great lesson for all of us, and Moore presents it without ever being preachy. Very classy.

The family dynamics were handled sensitively, without stereotypes, and I guess one of the things I liked best about this book was that there’s just a real honesty to the writing. I’ll be hitting the “Follow” button on this author. I know I’ll want to grab the next books he puts out. 🙂

Head on over to Amazon to see it in all its glory. I know they say authors shouldn’t read reviews, but sometimes I just can’t help it. Nothing helps a book and an author these days quite like a good review from readers.

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