Stephenie Meyer to Produce Anna Dressed in Blood

Stephenie Meyer’s production company, Fickle Fish, is taking on another horror/YA romance book and bringing it to the big screen. Anna Dressed in Blood is about a Ghost hunter, Cas, who comes up against Anna, the ghost of a woman who was brutally killed in 1958. According the the LA Times:

The book generated hugely positive reviews when it came out last summer. And wouldn’t you know it: Critics are already comparing it to a certain blockbuster franchise. “Cinematic and compelling. Blake’s smooth combination of gore and romance should have little problem attracting the Twilight crowd,” wrote Booklist.

Fickle Fish’s list of films include Austenland, which is getting great reviews from Sundance, The Host, which will be in theatres in March, as well as another ghost story based on the book Down a Dark Hall. What are your thoughts? Have you read Anna Dressed in Blood? What are your hopes for the movie?

Read more at LA Times.  

Lois Duncan Tweets Down a Dark Hall Status

Remember a few weeks ago when we told you that Stephenie Meyer’s production company (Fickle Fish Films) was in talks to option the Lois Duncan classic Down a Dark Hall? Well, Lois Duncan Just updated her Twitter to say it’s now official.


It should be noted that just because a script is optioned, it doesn’t mean it swings into production right away. Something like 85-90% of the items that Hollywood options are not made for decades or even made at all. The original option for the Twilight movie lapsed when it was an MTV/Paramount venture and then Summit picked it up.

We have no inside info here, but as a small company just getting its feet wet in the business, it would seem to us that Fickle Fish Films would likely make the film and not shelf it for years on end. Fickle Fish Film’s first project is the yet to be released Austenland that was filmed in the UK last July.

The book is currently $7.99 on kindle and $2.99 for a paperback on Amazon, hard to go wrong there.

Stephenie Meyer’s Production Company Options Down a Dark Hall

Stephenie Meyer’s production company has optioned their second venture, and Twilight producer Wyck Godfrey is looking to get involved. Their first was the yet to be released Austenland by Shannon Hale that shot last summer in England.

According to Variety

“Twilight” scribe Stephenie Meyer and Meghan Hibbett’s Fickle Fish Films have optioned young-adult suspense tome “Down a Dark Hall” by novelist Lois Duncan and will produce a feature-film adaptation.

Duncan’s 1974 novel revolves around Blackwood boarding school and its mysterious students. Ensnared in the chilling world is new student Kit Gordy, who must unravel Blackwood’s haunted and tragic history before it’s too late. “Twilight” producer Wyck Godfrey is also in talks to produce.

See more on Variety

You can follow Lois Duncan here on Twitter @duncanauthor She’s also probably best known for the novel/movie adaptations I Know What You Did Last Summer and Hotel For Dogs

Perhaps this is one the their joint projects that Wyck Godfrey almost spilled the beans on when we interviewed him on the Eclipse red carpet!

Via TwiMoms

Stephenie Meyer Updates Her Website For First Time In Almost A Year

Stephenie Meyer just updated her website today. She has information on each of her upcoming film projects: Breaking Dawn 2, The Host, and Austenland.

Here is a pretty good visual of where I usually was instead. Note the thirteen layers of weather protection. In my very limited experience, watching movies being made is almost always a cold, wet business.

Since I’ve been M.I.A. so long, I thought I would do a little “my summer vacation” essay for those who are interested—though it’s really a “my last whole year away making movies” essay, with occasional camera phone illustrations.

I’m going to break this down into three separate pages, as my time has been spread across a few different projects. Click the links to visit the pages you’re interested in:

Check it out on StephnieMeyer.com Pictured with Stephenie is her partner in her new production company, Fickle Fish Films, Megan Hibbet.

The major item of note that is buried in the last paragraph on The Host page is this
, “So the busyness will not be ending anytime soon with all three projects currently ongoing. I’m hoping to get a little writing done at the same time, but writing on set has proved an elusive goal for me in the past year. I’m looking forward to this May, when I will officially be home for good and back here at my computer where I like to be best.”

Official Press Release For Austenland Issued

There isn’t much here that we didn’t already know, but Moxie pictures ( which is one of the groups producing the film ) issued the following press release:

“Seven weeks of principal photography recently commenced on location in the UK on romantic comedy “AUSTENLAND,” the big screen adaptation of award-winning author SHANNON HALE’s novel about Jane Austen-obsessed contemporary heroine, “Jane,” played by Golden Globe award-winner KERI RUSSELL (“Felicity”, “Mission Impossible II”,”Waitress”). JJ FEILD (“Captain America: The First Avenger) and BRET MCKENZIE (the Emmy award-winning “Flight of the Conchords”) join Russell in the directorial debut of JERUSHA HESS (“Napoleon Dynamite”), who adapted “AUSTENLAND” for the screen with Shannon Hale. LA-based UTA will handle international sales.

JERUSHA HESS previously co-scripted the indie hit and Sundance favourite “Napoleon Dynamite” with her husband and writing/producing partner, director JARED HESS. She also co-wrote “Nacho Libre” and “Gentleman Broncos” and is executive producer on Fox’s animated TV series “Napoleon Dynamite”.

The colourful international supporting cast on “AUSTENLAND” includes US actress and comedienne JENNIFER COOLIDGE (“American Pie”, “Legally Blonde”), JANE SEYMOUR (“Wedding Crashers”), RUPERT VANSITTART (“Braveheart”) and JAMES CALLIS (“Battlestar Gallactica”, “Bridget Jones’ Diary”).

“AUSTENLAND” is a romantic comedy about 30-something, single Jane Hayes, a seemingly normal young woman with a secret: her obsession with Mr. Darcy—as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice—is ruining her love life; no real man can compare. But when she decides to spend her life savings on a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane’s fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become more real than she ever could have imagined.

“AUSTENLAND” is produced by Stephenie Meyer (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1,” “Breaking Dawn Part 2,” “The Host”) through Fickle Fish Films, the production company of Meyer and Meghan Hibbett, and Moxie Pictures‘ Gina Mingacci. Executive Producers are Robert Fernandez and Dan Levinson of Moxie Pictures and co-producer is Jane Hooks (“Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, “Bronson”). Jared Hess (“Napoleon Dynamite,” “Nacho Libre,” “Gentleman Broncos”), Meghan Hibbett, and author Shannon Hale are associate producers.
Creative talent on board includes cinematographer Larry Smith, BSC (“Eyes Wide Shut”, “Bronson”) and Emmy award-winner and BAFTA-nominated production designer James Merifield (“Little Dorrit”,”Brighton Rock”).

The film is financed by Fickle Fish Films.”

You can find Moxie pictures on:

http://www.facebook.com/moxiepictures

http://twitter.com/#!/MoxiePictures

On Shannon Hale’s blog, she states which actors are playing which characters:

Jane – Keri Russell
Nobley – JJ Feild
Martin – Bret Mckenzie
Miss Charming – Jennifer Coolidge
Colonel Andrews – James Callis
Mrs. Wattlesbrook – Jane Seymour
Mr. Wattlesbrook – Rupert Vansittart
Georgia King – Lady Heartwright
Ricky Whittle – George East

Shannon Hale also made the following clarification on her blog:

“There is no Sir John and Aunt Saffronia, Mr & Mrs. Wattlesbrook merging those roles. It was the right choice for the adaptation to screen. Isn’t that a gorgeous cast? I’m so thrilled! If there is anyone you aren’t familiar with and you read my blog, then you shortly will be. I’ll devote a post to each of them over the next few weeks. The actors playing George East and Lady Heartwright (she got bumped up to “lady” in the screenplay) weren’t mentioned in the official announcement, so I’ll wait to drop their names.”

You can follow Shannon Hale on Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/haleshannon