May 12, 2010

Hex: the film

I have some exciting news for Hex fans. Ever since the trilogy was first published I’ve had letters from fans asking me if there could be a film of the books – there’s at least one thread on the forums about it. Last week I agreed the first stage of a film option for the Hex trilogy.

The film company developing the property is called Sweet Revenge and they are based in Hollywood. On the eve of the Clarke award ceremony I had  a conversation with producer Isadora Martin-Dye who has loved the books since they first came out and is really enthusiastic about the project. This is great news for the fans because it means that the creative vision doesn’t involve making significant changes to the work. If Raven hits the screen she’ll be her own cantankerous self.

I say if because there’s a long way to go with this project. It’s in the earliest of early stages and there’s a lot of work to be done. Luckily for me, I’ve already done my bit – now it’s up to Isadora and the rest of her team to put in place the things one needs to make a major feature film. They will be keeping me informed and involved though so I’ll report more as I hear more news.

I expect fans will have a lot of questions and I’ll try and anticipate some of them here since some were things I wanted to know myself:

Q: Will there be one film or three (one for each book)?
A: The option will be for the whole trilogy. Right now we’re planning for one film but which would take elements from the world of all three books.

Q: Is this going to be a small or large production?
A: The plan is for a big budget film.

Q: Will Rhiannon be writing the script?
A: It’s usual for companies to bring in their own script writers. I’ll be in contact with those writers once they’ve been chosen.

Q: Who will play Raven?
A: It’s much too early to answer that but I know it’s the question everyone will want to ask. I’ll let you know more as soon as I can.

Meanwhile, if you’re a Hex fan, there’s something you could do to help bring this film into reality. Since Hex wasn’t an illustrated or graphical novel there isn’t any concept art. If you’ve created Hex fan art please post it on the fanart forum so that Sweet Revenge have an idea of how fans see the Hex series. Lots of people posted art back in the day but because they used photobucket many of those links have expired – please do repost your old art or any new art you’ve done. Your artwork and imagery will help establish a vision for the film so do please get involved.

And if you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!


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  2. This sounds AWESOME!!

    I’d suggest if you’re taking elements from all three books to consider setting it after the ending of the third book. I don’t know about the rest of your readers, but I wasn’t thrilled with how the series ended. -_- (Although it set itself up perfectly for a fourth book or a movie!)

    Unfortunately, I’m no artist, but if you look on DeviantART there are several people who have done Hex fan art; you could probably use that with their permission.

    As for bringing in your own script writers, please don’t let them try to take control of the entire project. I’ve seen many books which have spawned movies that couldn’t compare to the original series because the producers warped the story out of proportion.

    I wish you all the best in making the movie. I can’t wait to see it when it comes out in theaters (or buy it when it comes out on DVD!)

    Comment by alcexhim — May 28, 2010 @ 2:20 am

  3. This is literally the news I have been waiting for!!
    I’m a little worried about your writing being lost in the film, as has happened with Harry Potter etc. but it doesn’t make me any less excited !
    I guess my only real question is not who will play Raven but will you be having open auditions for her!? Or for any of the other characters for that matter!
    Either way I can’t wait for the film, I’ll be counting down the days!

    Comment by KFenlon — June 5, 2010 @ 7:21 pm

  4. What a freakingly cool coincidence: just a few days ago I dug into my old book piles and read my favourite parts form the HEX trilogy again, after ten years or so :-)
    Thinking “hm, maybe there is some new and interesting stuff by the author” I found your blog and this AWESOME announcement.

    I hope the HEX trilogy will be made into a movie, preferably two or three movies. Shadows could be split in the middle after Raven being captured and they team up with Anglecynn to rescue. Good cliffhanger there ;-D

    Ah, good luck in any case and thanks for the books. They are among the very few books I consider having shaped my mind/attitude/life for the better :-)

    Comment by GuineaBrick — July 27, 2010 @ 12:41 pm

  5. Any news on this? I think it would make a great film series and I read it ages ago!

    Comment by Chea — January 8, 2015 @ 12:20 pm

  6. Yeah, I read the book ten years ago, and keeping the book on my bookshell till now. Now googling around for it’s movie.

    Comment by bevin — February 17, 2016 @ 1:12 pm

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