Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Film Rights for John Lennon and the Mercy Street Cafe

I was surprised to learn that Hammett had been approached by a representative of a production company that was interested in making John Lennon and the Mercy Street Café into a movie. After brief negotiation, Hammett declined. His explanation as to why follows.

Hammett: Post-Katrina, there are a lot of movies being made in New Orleans, but this particular production company had no experience making feature-length films. I decided that if it was ever going to happen, it needed to be done right. The company had only made short films, ten minutes in length, and commercials. Many people, such as my ghostwriting clients, believe that if a book is published, Hollywood scrambles to make it into a movie. They don’t understand that an exceedingly small number of novels get made into films. But I’m prejudiced, of course. I’ve been told by a Los Angeles-based screenwriter that the story lends itself to film, and I don’t think she was just out to flatter me. A lot of readers have made the same comment.

Cat: If the story is sound, which this one is, I think people would love to see a Lennon movie.

Hammett: You’re preaching to the choir.

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