Captain Kirk leaning towards Sakey’s THE BLADE ITSELF. Nov02

Captain Kirk leaning towards Sakey’s THE BLA...

We originally reported that Ben Affleck’s production company, LivePlanet, was bringing Marcus Sakey’s THE BLADE ITSELF to the big screen. That was two years ago. Last December, Marcus expressed his happiness with the screenplay.Now Pajiba is reporting that Chris Pine (STAR TREK, SMOKIN’ ACES) is attached to star in TBI. It is certain that Affleck is not directing (He is producing)and that Pine will be meeting with the leading directorial candidate soon. According to the site, Pine actually first was connected with it last May. He has obviously gained a bit of fame since then, bolding going where The Shat had previously...

Sakey shares his thoughts on the screenplay for The Blade Itself. Dec14

Sakey shares his thoughts on the screenplay for Th...

Selling the rights to your novel is always a crapshoot. Few are actually made into a film and fewer still avoid being total crapfests.So when I heard that Aaron Stoddard was handling writing duties for Marcus Sakey’s The Blade Itself, I felt a pang of hope. Stoddard worked with Ben Affleck on the screenplay for Dennis Lehane’ Gone Baby Gone, and did a fine job.At Murder in Muskego, I spent some time chatting (and drinking) with Marcus and asked him for his thoughts on the screenplay.“It’s interesting reading an adaptation of your own work. There are things you can do in books that you can’t do in movies, which means that the...

Miramax purchases rights to Marcus Sakey’s The Blade Itself Oct13

Miramax purchases rights to Marcus Sakey’s T...

More good news for film fans that like quality crime fiction:Miramax has purchased the film rights to Marcus Sakey’s The Blade Itself. LivePlanet, a production company owned by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, will be producing.On the South Side of Chicago, you’re only as strong as your reputation. Danny Carter and his best friend Evan earned theirs knocking over pawnshops and liquor stores, living from score to score, never thinking of tomorrow. Then a job went desperately wrong, and in the roar of a gun blast, everything changed.Years later, Danny doesn’t think about his past. He’s built a new world for himself: a legitimate...