So it’s been about a year since Variety broke the news about the PULSE movie deal. Since then, the most frequent question I receive from fans is, “Is the movie getting made?!” So I decided to give you all an update. For those of you who are strapped for time, the short answer is, “I don’t know.” But the long answer is much more interesting, so keep reading!
The first step in any movie production is the creation of a script. Over the past year, screenwriter Adam Aresty, has been hard at work on the PULSE script. I know, because I’ve seen several drafts of the screenplay, which is now finished! And here’s what I can tell you about that: it’s awesome. Now, some purists might take exception to some of the changes that inevitably take place when a novel is turned into a movie, but as a screenwriter myself, I recognize the need for the changes and support them.
Here’s who is currently on the team (aside from myself):
Jabbar is the director of the sci-fi, found footage film, ALIEN OUTPOST, which you can watch on Netflix now! He’s also an Emmy Award-winning visual effects supervisor for Game of Thrones, not to mention kick ass movies like MAN OF STEEL and PREDATORS. Jabbar and I have a great rapport, and I’m thrilled with the direction he’s taking the story. If you want to see some of Jabbar’s work in action, check out the ALIEN OUTPOST trailer, and the Game of Thrones clip linked to the GoT image.
Jabbar recently sat down for an interview with the Beware of Monsters podcast, dropping tidbits about the PULSE movie, his work on GoT, and other projects. He’s a great guy, and a true Chess Team fan, so give it a listen!
Check out the trailer for Jabbar’s directorial debut!
Adam is the screenwriter for STUNG and is the author of THE COMMUNICATION ROOM, a novella about which I said, “The Communication Room is a smart, fast-paced and original sci-fi novella that provides an intense and thought-provoking look at an alternate history…and future. A fantastic read!” He’s done a great job adapting the characters for film and has brought in some surprises, putting together a story that will be both familiar, and new.
What’s happening now?
Movie making takes place in stages. The good news is that we’re actually in the first stage: development. This means that brilliant people are trying to get the movie made. But it also means those brilliant people need to convince other people (hopefully of equal brilliance) that they should pony up money to push the project out of development and into production. Right now, as I type this, the screenplay and all pitch materials are heading out to producers and studios. These are the people who can greenlight a budget and get things moving to the next stage, which would include casting, rewrites, location scouting and story boarding. Now, even then, things aren’t guaranteed to move all the way forward, but this is the movie making progress, and right now, momentum is still moving forward. But as soon as I know more (and am clear to say it) I will fill you in.
For now, show your support for this project! Spread the word via social media. Leave a comment here. Help show Hollywood that you want a PULSE movie. Nay! A Chess Team franchise!