Next to “How do you keep your boyish good looks?” the question I’m asked most often is “When will the Homelanders movie come out?” The answer is I keep a portrait of myself in the attic and while it grows older, I remain supernaturally young. Oh — and the other answer is: I don’t know. The development of a movie is always a long process and this one has suffered some particularly frustrating delays. First, it took a long time for the producers to locate the proper screenwriter, then the writer was called away to do emergency work on another of his projects, and then another movie with a slightly similar theme caused the producers to feel the script needed changing… and so on.
Now a script has finally been written. I haven’t read it, but I hear it’s good. As always, however, the studio and producer have “notes,” which means they want a rewrite, so it’s gone back to the drawing board, as almost all scripts do.
Understand that I am not participating in this process and have no say in it — though I like the people involved and think they could produce a very good movie in the long run. But it is a long run.
My advice for fans of the series who can’t wait: read my new book If We Survive. Despite what it says on the Amazon site, it’s not part of the series, but it is the same kind of high-adrenaline action thriller — this one involving four kids caught behind enemy lines during a Communist revolution. And, of course, if you want me to keep writing ‘em, you gotta keep reading ‘em!