Last week I emailed Jody all excited about this piece of news I had read on The Spellman Files Facebook page:
One result of Lisa and the Spellman’s recent break from each other is “Heads You Lose,” a mystery she co-wrote with David Hayward. It’ll hit stores in April 2011. Fear not, Spellman faithful: Lisa is currently “hard at work” on Spellman V: The Wrath of the Spellmans (okay, that’s not the real title), slated for a spring 2012 release.
A fifth book! As it turns out, Jody already knew there’d be a fifth book but I had gone into the last book, The Spellmans Strike Again, thinking it was the last we’d hear of the Spellmans. And it felt like a conclusion so it seemed to match my expectations. But I’m super excited that we’ll be getting at least one more book. I love these characters and I can’t wait to spend a little more time with them.
Which is why I’m both super stoked and somewhat apprehensive about the other Spellman File development announced this week… ABC is considering picking up a pilot based on the series!!
There is a small part of me that’s a little worried I’m too attached to these characters and that I won’t be able to handle someone else’s vision of them but I’ve always felt like the series would be perfect for the small screen. Due, in no small part, I’m sure to Lisa Lutz’s background in TV. Although, if I’m being honest, I still think it’s a better fit for USA than ABC. But when it comes to network TV ABC is definitely more accepting of quirkiness in a show and I’m hoping that means they won’t want to change too much of Lisa’s concept. Also, I’m big fan of Greg Yaitanes’ work so I trust that he’ll do right by the Spellmans. Just the fact that Lisa will be involved in a consulting position is a huge relief to me.
It’s way too early to be getting excited about a Spellman Files TV show, more projects never make it out of these development talks than do, but I’ve got my fingers crossed they at least get to make a pilot. And, ahem, as intriguing as it was to imagine Kristen Bell as Marilyn Munster, I’d much rather see her as Isabel Spellman. It’ll never happen but my inner Veronica Mars fangirl can dream!