Watching Characters Come To Life
by Jason Mott, author of The Wonder of All Things
It had started out a humdrum day—and yet, as it turns out, it would be one of the most exciting days of my life. I had begun that morning writing, doing laundry, yard work. You know how it goes. I had just come in from mowing the lawn when the email came in from my agent. The film rights for my new novel, The Wonder of All Things, had been optioned by Lionsgate and Heyday Films! Lionsgate is the studio behind such mega blockbusters as The Hunger Games and American Psycho. Heyday was responsible for Gravity and Harry Potter. HARRY. POTTER. I couldn’t believe it.
Every writer dreams of seeing their story on the big screen. Watching ABC transform my first novel, The Returned, into the TV series Resurrection has been nothing short of surreal. Luck had struck me not once but twice. I had defeated the odds and won the proverbial lottery for a second time. Honestly, sometimes it feels like I’m living in a dream.
I’ve been a fan of Heyday Films for a long time. I watch a great deal of movies and I have respected their work for years. I trust them implicitly with my story and have complete faith in their vision. I couldn’t imagine a more perfect partner in this crazy incredible journey.
Sometimes I find myself daydreaming about which actors I would cast as my characters (Billy Burke as Macon!). I can’t wait to stand in line at the ticket booth, to sink into a plush velvety chair with a tub full of silky buttered popcorn, for the lights to turn down and to see my world and characters come to life. In the meantime, if you have a chance to read The Wonder of All Things, I’d love to hear what you think. And send me your ideas for casting!
About The Wonder of All Things:
On an ordinary day, at an air show like that in any small town across the country, a plane crashes into a crowd of spectators. After the dust clears, a thirteen-year-old girl named Ava is found huddled beneath a pocket of rubble with her best friend, Wash. He is injured and bleeding, and when Ava places her hands over him, his wounds disappear.
Ava has an unusual gift: she can heal others of their physical ailments. Until the air show tragedy, her gift was a secret. Now the whole world knows, and suddenly people from all over the globe begin flocking to her small town, looking for healing and eager to catch a glimpse of The Miracle Child. But Ava’s unique ability comes at a great cost, and as she grows weaker with each healing, she soon finds herself having to decide just how much she’s willing to give up in order to save the ones she loves most.
Elegantly written, deeply intimate and emotionally astute, The Wonder of All Things is an unforgettable story and a poignant reminder of life’s extraordinary gifts.