Jason Arnopp’s debut novel, The Last Days Of Jack Sparks, has proven very popular since it’s release in the summer of last year (we dug it enough to review it twice - see here and here.
Apparently, we weren’t the only ones who were impressed. As announced on his blog, Jason has revealed that the movie rights have been optioned by none other than Imagine Entertainment, Ron Howard’s production company. Ron Howard had this to say about the project:"Jack Sparks is a tremendously fascinating, entertaining, and entirely contemporary movie character. His journey into the supernatural and his clashes with those forces and with himself are hilarious, disturbing, exciting and surprising as hell. I couldn't put the book down and I believe it will be a blast for audiences to experience the movie version."
Jason himself has been hard at work on producing a script treatment for the novel, but he recently commented on the news as follows: "Ron Howard is a living legend, so it's absolutely wonderful to see the director of Apollo 13, The Da Vinci Code and Frost/Nixon place so much faith in The Last Days Of Jack Sparks. Ron and his ingenious production wizards have been a joy to deal with and I'm having a blast writing the script. I know the late Jack Sparks would feel his posthumous book is being ferried towards the silver screen by exactly the right people."
The news couldn’t be breaking at a better time, with Jack Sparks arriving in paperback in the US on April 4th. For more Jack Sparks related chat, as well as some more details about this latest development, and some insight into Jason’s eagerly anticipated second novel, please check out our exclusive interview here.
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THE MOST CHILLING AND UNPREDICTABLE THRILLER OF THE YEAR
It was no secret that journalist Jack Sparks had been researching the occult for his new book. No stranger to controversy, he'd already triggered a furious Twitter storm by mocking an exorcism he witnessed.
Then there was that video: forty seconds of chilling footage that Jack repeatedly claimed was not of his making, yet was posted from his own YouTube account.
Nobody knew what happened to Jack in the days that followed - until now.
'Fascinating, hilarious, disturbing, exciting and surprising as hell. I couldn't put the book down' - Ron Howard
'Ingenious and funny . . . A magnificent millennial nightmare' - Alan Moore