Okay, I did NOT see any of the films in this year's Oscar race. Not one. I heard about all of them. I saw clips on all of them (even three of the short features), but time to go to the movies? Fuggetaboutit! I didn't even get to see the last Harry Potter on the big screen. I was busy writing. (The last movie I went to see was The King's Speech. It was good!)
But last night I had a bit of a fun time on Facebook. I posted that I thought it would be cool if one of my books made it to the movies, and I picked Murder on The Mind, the first Jeff Resnick book. One of my readers suggested one of the Booktowns would make a good movie, but while my readers might be happy, the coveted 18-49 male demographic would never tear themselves away from their video games and Youtube to make it to the theater. (But they'd probably do really well on TV. How about the Hallmark Channel?)
Someone suggested that Bradley Cooper play Jeff Resnick, the hero of Murder On The Mind (and the rest of the series). I must confess, I never even heard of Bradley Cooper. (Writers don't get out that much. I mean, I make it to the grocery store once a week, and that's about it.) I looked him up on Google images and -- hot damn, he's good looking. He's got mesmerizing blue eyes. Jeff has muddy brown eyes. I think I could overlook that tiny imperfection in the actor.
I've always thought that Phillip Seymour Hoffman would be terrific as Richard. (He'd have to dye his hair brown -- but actors do that a lot. Maybe he could lose a few pounds, too. Couldn't we all--or at least a bunch of us--do with that, too?) The fact that Mr. Hoffman is a Rochester, NY Native (okay, Pittsford--let's not quibble) would make it even better!
From the first time I saw Jennifer Hudson (and I don't even remember where that was), I thought she'd make a terrific Brenda. (She doesn't have to sing for the role!) Can't you just picture her bossing Richard and Jeff around?
I haven't given much thought as to who could play Maggie. When I picture her as I'm writing the character, it's Gates McFadden I see, but she's too old for the part now. Still, 15 years ago, she would have made a fabulous Maggie.
Is there a chance in hell this book would be made into a movie? Well, a production company did request a copy -- but they never optioned it. (I have a friend who's had a book optioned. So far ... no movie. But they keep renewing the option, so there is hope.) Of course if you know someone at a production company, hey--mention Jeff's name, willya?
So, what do you think about my casting? Disagree? Who do you see playing the major roles?