Publication date: July 2012 (in the United Kingdom)
The first six books in the Septimus Heap series are going to be rejacketed this summer in the UK. Below is the first cover. What do you think?
Katherine Tegen, Angie’s editor at HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books, posted this picture on Facebook, with a nice comment.
I’ve spent days and days on editing FYRE—and I’ve been having a great time. It’s a fantastic finale to the Septimus Heap series! Here’s a hard copy of the manuscript with all of my post-its. I always work on a print-out of a manuscript, because that’s how I’ve done it for so many years. The post-its are places where I need to go back and see if my comment still makes sense, once I’ve read the entire manuscript, or to see if a thread was woven back into the story later on. Look for FYRE in Winter 2013.
NOTE: Winter 2013 means January of February 2013!
1. The cover is a placeholder.
2. Now you can ask Angie questions from DARKE (with spoilers).
3. PLEASE, DO NOT ASK WHEN IS THE BOOK OUT! Angie is still writing it!
DARKE is now out in the United Kingdom!
Things so far:
About five years ago, Warner Brothers purchased an option to buy the Septimus Heap series. This meant that they had time to work out how they were going to do the first movie, MAGYK, and indeed whether they were going to do it at all. As I understand it, movie studios option quite a few books, but that does not mean the books will necessarily be made into movies. Many fall by the wayside.
The contract agreed that the option for Septimus Heap was to be renewed after 18 months and then again after another 18 months. Warner Brothers renewed at both these stages and then asked for extra time so that they could get a really good presentation together. The presentation would consist of the screenplay (which is the script plus lots of stage direction) and also some visuals. These would show the general visual feel of the movie and would also show the landscape and specific areas, like the Castle and the Marram Marshes. The backgrounds will be computer generated and the studio working on these is Industrial Light and Magic, part of Lucasfilms. This is a really fantastic studio! We also understand, though we are not totally sure, that the action may well be image capture (think Avatar).
Along the way MAGYK the movie had an amazing piece of good fortune – David Frankel agreed to be director and also pilot MAGYK through the early, pre green-light stages. David is a whiz with scripts and characters and is a really talented director.
The last piece of news we had was a few months ago, when Warner Brothers exercised their option to purchase the series—which means they purchased the rights to make movies based on all seven books. Purchasing an option is a big commitment by a movie studio and it takes us through to another stage.
The next step will be for the movie to be given the green light. This happens when the studio have the finance in place for the film and are ready to go. It means that the movie will be made. We are not green lit yet … but we do hope this may happen soon.
I know lots of you would love to be in the movie, but whether Warner Brothers have open auditions or not is completely up to them. Casting will not take place until MAGYK gets the green light. Please, please understand that the movie studio is casting the movie, not me! If I hear anything about what they intend to do about auditions – and when we get the green light I promise I will ask – I will post it here. And Tweet it! And send it out throughout the land by Message Rat. So as soon as I hear, you will hear too.
DARKE is out! Well, it’s out in the USA and we in the UK are having to be patient for a bit longer. (OK, a lot longer.) I know some people here are buying the US edition on Amazon and have asked what the difference is. Well, it is a little different from the UK edition in that it is in American English, has a different board cover – a plain colour with symbols pressed into it, which I think looks great, and it also has those lovely untrimmed pages. So the choice is yours…
Apart from hoping DARKE is going to do really, really well, I am getting on with Book 7 now and hoping to be halfway through by the time DARKE comes out here in the UK. When it is published here I’ll be travelling around the country doing lots of signings – really looking forward to that too.
So, on behalf of all of us in the UK I want to ask a big favour (I know Shauki has already posted this): please don’t give away anything in DARKE on the Ask Angie sections – not until October. Just so that people can still enjoy reading it in October, not knowing what’s going to happen. Thank you! Have a nice summer (or winter in Oz).
WARNING! If you haven’t read the the whole series, do not read the comments on this post.
Illustration © Mark Zug
DARKE, the sixth book in the Septimus Heap series, has been released! Hooray!