So, I have a friend in Tinseltown named Peter Mansinne. Peter suggested I write a movie treatment for The Thief and shop it around Hollywood. It was a whole lot more fun than I would have anticipated.
For one thing, it’s a chance to revisit the story and put in the stuff that didn’t fit in the original text. For example, the sneakiness that preceded Gen’s stint in the king of Sounis‘s jail.
It’s a chance to imagine new things. Like, how the temple is destroyed after Gen carries off Hamiathes’s Gift. I decided that Aracthus did it, with the help of some serious minions.
Clark Kohanek is a friend of my friend and a storyboard illustrator. All I had to do was tell him what I had in mind, and he drew the pictures to go with my treatment. Most of these images are just preliminary sketches.
Now I know how it must feel to be Virginia and say, “I’d like to see a guy on a horse with a gold ring, please,” and have it show up in real life. Clark could put anybody in my movie I wanted . . .
This was Clark’s rough sketch. Ambiades isn’t quite right, but I wouldn’t change a thing about Daniel Cr—I mean, Pol.
But best of all. In Hollywood, everybody loves everybody. No one has a good idea, they all have GREAT ideas. No one writes a good book, we all write GREAT books. It’s a huge lovefest. I had a wonderful time and met all kinds of amazing people who were interested in working with me. All I had to do was remember what Terry Pratchett said: “The difference between me and Neil in our attitude to movie projects is that he doesn’t believe they’re going to happen until he’s sitting in his seat eating popcorn, and I don’t believe they’re going to happen.”