[DWJ] Dark is Rising film

Robyn Starkey rohina at shaw.ca
Mon Feb 12 13:33:53 EST 2007

Why are they all American? And what, in heaven's name, was wrong with 
Will's father's honest medieval trade of goldsmith?


Farah Mendlesohn wrote:

> Forgive me if my memory is faulty but isn't Gwen *older*? Will is the
> seventh son of a seventh son and the youngest in the family,.
> It sounds horrendous.
> On the other hand, after a weekend in Dublin, swearing I woul;dn't buy
> books. I spotted Gail Carson Levine's new book. Fairest, in the airport
> shops. Luckily *after* my luggage had been weighed.
> On 11/02/07, Charles Butler <charles.hannibal at gmail.com> wrote:
>> *The Dark is Rising* film has been rumbling on in pre-production for a
>> couple of years now, but recently they've starting to cast, and some of
>> the
>> details have recently begun leaking out here and there. The snippet 
>> below
>> is
>> from the call for auditions(
>> http://www.myentertainmentworld.com/mew/audition_film-tv.html) which 
>> came
>> out a few months ago, so sorry if this is old news. Be warned: there are
>> spoilers for the Dark is Rising film below. And when I say 'spoilers' I
>> mean
>> - well, you'll see....
>> **
>> *(Romania) -* Send photograph & resumes ASAP to: *Details Are only
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>> Title: *THE DARK IS RISING*, Feature Film. EXEC PROD, Ron Schmidt; PROD,
>> Marc Platt; DIR, David L. Cunningham; SCR, John Hodge. Shoot Dates:
>> February, 2007 (in Romania). STORY: The film is about Will Stanton, who
>> discovers on his eleventh birthday that he is the last of the "Old 
>> Ones,"
>> a
>> group of immortal warriors who have dedicated their lives to fighting 
>> the
>> forces of the Dark and he must undertake a difficult journey to 
>> defeat the
>> evil powers that threaten the land. Breakdown-- *Will Stanton*: 13. Will
>> is
>> an American who lives in England with his family. Will is bullied and/or
>> ignored by his older brothers, and Will is gloomily convinced that he's
>> doomed to be a bookish, gawky oddball at the bottom of the pecking 
>> order.
>> However, he is actually an innately cool kid who has not yet grown into
>> his
>> coolness; *Professor John Stanton*: 45-55. Will's father. Professor
>> Stanton
>> is an American physicist and college professor and he's paid a price for
>> it.
>> He is emotionally cool, authoritative and very remote from his children;
>> *The
>> Rider*: 30-40 years old man with icy malevolence who is masquerading 
>> as a
>> simple village doctor when in fact he is an agent of Evil; *Mrs. Mary
>> Stanton*: 40-50. She is the American mother of the Stanton six children.
>> She
>> works hard at protecting her husband and her family. She similar to her
>> husband is not emotionally available to her kids and is very distant;
>> *Gwen
>> Stanton*: Will's younger sister, Gwen is an American, neat, upright girl
>> of
>> about 8 or 9. Unlike her brothers, who treat Will with amiable contempt,
>> Gwen looks up to Will, loves him and dotes on him; *Max Stanton*: 19 or
>> 20,
>> an edgy young man with piercings and tattoos. Will's older brother. 
>> Max is
>> the American, bohemian of the family. He is always inclined to question
>> his
>> father's authority; *James Stanton*: 17. Will's older American brother.
>> James is mature, muscular and good looking, the object of admiring eyes.
>> Busily looking for a girlfriend, James barely interacts with Will -
>> especially when Maggie Barnes becomes the object of his affection; 
>> *Robin
>> Stanton & Paul Stanton*: 15, Male. A pair of grungy American 
>> adolescents,
>> Robin and Paul are identical or fraternal twin brothers, and they're 
>> still
>> at the "horseplay" stage of development. Always ready to tease Will 
>> about
>> his bookish ways, always willing to reinforce his fears of being a gawky
>> oddball, Robin and Paul tease and bully and sometimes blow off Will.
>> (Posted: November 2, 2006)
>> I don't know where to begin! Perhaps I'll just confine myself to asking
>> what
>> 'sometimes blow off Will' means... The mind boggles - but it was 
>> boggling
>> already.
>> obDWJ the latest editions of this sequence have a quotation from DWJ,
>> saying
>> that she wishes she'd written it. Bet she won't wish she'd written this.
>> Charlie
>> -- 
>> Website: www.charlesbutler.co.uk
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