One for Sorrow the film?

I’ve been sort of running around like crazy today, as my friend and former editor, Juliet Ulman, sent me a photograph she took of her copy of Elle magazine’s September issue.  It’s a photograph of the contributor’s page, where the photographer and film director Carter Smith is asked what he anticipates doing this fall, and he states that he hopes he’ll be directing the film adaptation of “Christopher Barzak’s book One for Sorrow“.

I about fell out of my chair.  Mr. Smith indeed purchased an option to make my novel into a film last year, but you know, these sorts of things sometimes happen and most of the time they don’t.  It still may not happen, but if he’s finished the screen adaptation of the novel, it probably means he’s still planning on it.  Here’s hoping that he can make it happen.  I would love to see how he translates the story to the screen.

Here’s the photo Juliet sent me.  I’m still always surprised by the interest people have taken in this book.  It’s very gratifying.  🙂



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14 responses to “One for Sorrow the film?”

  1. Tim Pratt Avatar
    Tim Pratt

    I saw that when Juliet tweeted about it — so cool! Hope it happens. You deserve a dumptruck full of money. 🙂

    1. Christopher Barzak Avatar

      Thanks, Tim! (I could also use a dumptruck full of money). 🙂

  2. Karen Avatar

    !!! One For Sorrow could make a wonderful movie, and a visually beautiful one with this director. I don’t know Smith’s work but imdb says he’s coming from fashion photography and did a series of “gritty, documentary-style portraits of teen life in the Midwest”. This sounds like it might be a great fit. I know these things are unreliable until they’re actually happening, but ooh I want it to happen! Here’s hoping.

    1. Christopher Barzak Avatar

      I think so, too, Karen, re: could be visually beautiful, especially with this director. I’ve looked up a lot of his photography and love it, and his Sundance Short Film Award winning film Bugcrush, too. Fingers crossed!

  3. Fusakota Avatar


    Is this in English,

    1. Christopher Barzak Avatar

      Yatta indeed! Yes, in English! Awesome!!! 🙂 the filmmaker needs to get investors still, I think, but he’s made the film script and is looking for them now. Wish him luck! 🙂

  4. Kelsey Davidson Avatar
    Kelsey Davidson

    If this happens I will literally cry. This is one of my favorite novels! My grandmother works as an art teacher for Youngstown/Poland area and I got to have my book signed. This book definitely gave me a few different perspectives. I am currently studying it for my AP literature class and I recommend this book to all of my friends. I live in Germany and even the Germans love reading the book!

    1. Christopher Barzak Avatar

      Thanks, Kelsey! I hope it happens too! Where in Germany do you live? And who is your teacher? That’s fantastic! Glad to hear the Germans love the book too! 🙂

  5. KelseyA davidson Avatar
    KelseyA davidson

    Kathy Yoing was my teacher, she works at butler (: I live in kaiserslautern!

    1. Christopher Barzak Avatar

      Thanks! 🙂

  6. Kelseya Davidson Avatar
    Kelseya Davidson

    I still can’t wait to see if this comes out. I’m proud to say I’m an owner of a signed copy (:

    1. Christopher Barzak Avatar

      I hope it comes out too! 🙂

  7. Benjamin Rosenbaum Avatar

    Wow, that would be awesome

    1. Christopher Barzak Avatar

      Waiting to hear! It’s possible he might start production next month or soon after. 🙂

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