Thursday, February 21, 2013

This Is The Life

Had a dope dream this morning.

I was chilling in a club in Brooklyn with Jay-Z. Not his club, some "hole in the
wall", you know the kind with black floors, black walls, black ceilings—yeah all
black everything. What we were talking about I don't know. All of a sudden a hip
hop song comes on and Hov starts rapping along. Right then L.L. Cool J walks in
with one of those airbrushed shirts on with his face on it. He comes over to me
and says what's up, like he seen me from around the way, and gives me a pound.

L.L. goes over to the other side of the club and I'm still trying to figure out
what this song Jay-Z is rapping to, I pull out my iPhone and uses this program
that listens to a song and tell you what it is and who it's by. The song that
pops up is called THIS IS THE LIFE. Yes I can read in my dreams.

Well I wake up like right after that and I think THAT has to mean something. So
I iPhone and does an Internet search. Nada. Not a hip hop song anyway.
So I search "This is the Life hip hop" and come up with this doc by one of
My recent favorite directors Ava DuVernay. (This Is the Life (2008): WTF?!

Anyway, we can't control our dreams, but grandma has always taught me that
dreams meant something, I just wished I knew what this was.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Well I Lost the Rights to that John Grisham Book

Actually I never HAD the rights, but I was hoping. I thought interest in adaptating John Grisham books had died down. His last book that was adapted for the screen was 2004’s comedy, Christmas with the Kranks. Yeah I hardly heard of it too.

I’ve been a John Grisham fan like forever and as I have read more books penned by him I guess you can call him my favorite author. When I read his newest book and it had a black protagonist (a first as far as I know) I thought it would be really cool if a long time fan would be able to adapt this book…in five years or so. Well time waits for no man and neither did this book. LOL.

The book I speak of is his 2012 book The Racketeer. According to this morning’s The Hollywood Reporter,
Daniel Espinosa, who helmed Universal's hit "Safe House," is developing the adaptation as a directing vehicle. 
Fox 2000 and New Regency are teaming up to adapt The Racketeer, the latest novel from John Grisham. 
Double Feature Films, the shingle run by Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher, is on board to produce the adaptation, which also has Daniel Espinosa developing the project as a directing vehicle. Espinosa will exec produce with his manager and producing partner Shelley Browning.
Racketeer sees a federal judge murdered at a lakeside cabin and the contents of his safe emptied. The only man who knows the whos and whys is a former attorney serving time in federal prison who hopes to parlay that into getting revenge on the people who put him there. 
The book hit shelves in October with an initial printing of 1.5 million copies. It hit No. 1 on both The New York Times and USA Today best-seller charts and has been on the lists since its release.
Now just because they own the rights as of now still does not mean that the film would get made. Sometimes these things wind up in “development hell” and the owner relinquishes the right to the book because they can't quite get the movie made. Here’s hoping.

My review of The Racketeer