Tue 29

The new book: The TV show

The 22 Murders of Madison May The 22 Murders of Madison May My new book, The 22 Murders of Madison May, is out next week in most of the world, and today in Australia and New Zealand. Now there is a TV show in development, too! This has been brewing for a while and today made it into the pages of Variety. So it’s official and I’m allowed to talk about it.

This is exciting firstly because it’s, you know, a TV deal, but also because it’s at MGM’s Orion Television, with show-runners Meredith Lavender and Marcie Ulin, who served the same role for The Flight Attendant. That was one of the more interesting new shows of last year, and lives in a smart / funny / endearing thriller space I like a lot.

What will happen next is Meredith and Marcie will go write a pilot script. Then, I can tell you, because this isn’t my first rodeo, this script will bounce between a bunch of people and be rewritten until either it’s good enough to get made or the studio is acquired or shut down. It is a race between those outcomes.

I’ve been lucky enough to have many books acquired for TV or film development (ten years ago, always for film; today, always for streaming TV), and even though it’s a crapshoot as to whether they work out—there are more rights acquisitions than TV shows—the process is fascinating and thrilling. When someone adapts my work, I feel like my story gets a new baby sibling: an addition, not a replacement, and I can admire the similarities and the differences. Also, if it actually winds up being produced, I get to see sets and actors dressed like people I imagined, which is a genuinely magical experience, like finding a door at the back of my closet to a place I always suspected was real.

So I love that I get to do this again.

P.S. Yep, the other TV stuff is still bubbling along, especially Lexicon and Jennifer Government, which both survived multiple studio mergers and acquisitions. Will they reach your screen? I don’t know. But by God they are trying.


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Machine Man subscriber Mapuche (#1184)

Location: Darwin, Australia
Quote: "Inconceivable!"
Posted: 1088 days ago

Wheee! Got mine on Kindle!

Radiatia (#6360)

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Posted: 1088 days ago

I'm looking forward to mine! I pre-ordered it on Kindle but I still have to wait until next week as Amazon seems to think I'm in the US rather than New Zealand. (The wait actually works out well for me - I'm currently reading another book and gave myself until July 6th to finish it knowing that I had your new one on the way.)

Congratulations on the hopefully upcoming TV adaption! I hope it gets made and is good, although I've been saying the same thing about Jennifer Government for a while - that'll be awesome if it does ever get made.

Machine Man subscriber Fazal Majid (#4077)

Location: London
Posted: 1087 days ago

I’m surprised it took so long. Given how creatively bankrupt Hollywood is that it resorts to strip-mining the tired superhero genre, and how much demand for shows there is from the streaming video services’ arms race, you’d think any fresh or original author would have them beating at his door. It’s a travesty Jennifer Government or Company haven’t been adapted yet.

Machine Man subscriber Electrichead (#3898)

Location: Toronto
Posted: 1087 days ago

Can't wait to read this when it's out in Canada! I always thought Jennifer Government would make an amazing show - there are so many ideas in one book.

One way to get characters to look like you imagined them is if they were animated :) Have you considered anime or animation for any of your books?

Stijn (#5223)

Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Quote: "Seek nothing and you will find everything."
Posted: 1087 days ago

Congratulations, Max. I look forward to reading it. Perhaps my girlfriend can also find some space to promote your new book in her bookstore. People here in Belgium always buy a few books when they leave on holiday.

Diliges (#8326)

Location: Indonesia
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Posted: 960 days ago

Good novel, I may read this if I could. I wish it was in Indonesia.

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