One for Sorrow AKA Jamie Marks is Dead

I have good news at the end of 2012. My novel One for Sorrow‘s film rights have officially been sold, and filming will begin shortly in the new year, from what I understand. This has been a long-term project for the director/script writer and the production company he has assembled since he first optioned the rights several years ago. To be honest, most book-to-film options never come to fruition, and I knew that from the beginning, so I never got my hopes up that I’d see my book truly made into a movie, and remained grateful just that there was someone out there who had read the book and resonated with it so greatly that he went so far as to pay money to option the right to make it, and to continue renewing the option until he had a production company in place to make it happen. Now, I’m kind of dumbfounded that it’s really going forward.

Here’s what I can tell you so far:

The director and script writer is the really well known fashion photographer Carter Smith. On top of fashion photography, he’s also a filmmaker who won a Sundance Film Festival Award for Best Short Film in 2007, for a film called Bug Crush. After that short film, he directed his first feature length film in 2008 called The Ruins, based on the novel by Scott Smith, for DreamWorks.


imgres-1Hunting Lane Films, from what I understand, will be producing the film version of One for Sorrow.  They’ve done movies like Half Nelson and Blue Valentine most recently.  The executive producer on the film is John Logan, who wrote the script for movies like Hugo, Any Given Sunday, and Gladiator (!!!), who also won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Play for Red, the Broadway play about painter Mark Rothko.

With a crew like this, I feel like the book is in good hands.

They are most likely going to change the title, however, to Jamie Marks is Dead .  There will also be some slight changes to the novel’s version of the story, but a film based on a novel is never the same thing as a novel–they’re adaptations–so I’m looking forward to seeing how the story of Adam McCormick and Jamie Marks and Gracie Highsmith plays out in this film version of the book.

I’m not sure who all they have cast yet, but I’ve been privy to hearing about possibles, and if I can ever confirm who will be in it for my readers, I’ll be certain to update here on my website as soon as I can.

However, I’ve been shown auditions by some of the hopefuls, which were incredible, and have also seen what seems like thousands of photos from location scouting. It seems they’ll be filming in several different upstate New York locations, small towns and rural villages around the Sleepy Hollow area, which somehow seems appropriate, this being a ghost story and all.

This has been something I’ve been sitting on for so long now, so I’m really excited to finally be able to announce it! I can’t wait to see what Carter makes of my story. It will be interesting and fun to be in the reader/viewer’s seat in these circumstances.

2013, here we come!



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30 responses to “One for Sorrow AKA Jamie Marks is Dead”

  1. Justine Larbalestier Avatar

    Congratulations, Chris! That’s truly fabulous news. Here’s hoping the movie is even a tenth as good as the book.

    1. Christopher Barzak Avatar

      Thank you so much, Justine! I’m flipping excited! And cheers to tenth as good part! xoxo

  2. Jim Canacci Avatar
    Jim Canacci

    This is easily one of the best books I’ve used for class. I will have to send out e-mail to my current and former students to spread the word about the film. Good work, Christopher!

    1. Christopher Barzak Avatar

      Thank you, Jim!!!

  3. Keith Parker Avatar

    That is simply spectacular news! I saw the tweet about this via Ellen Datlow, and just wanted to offer my most heartfelt congratulations.

    1. Christopher Barzak Avatar

      Thank you so much, Keith!!

  4. Cindy Avatar

    Congratulations Chris! I really enjoyed the book can’t wait to see it on BIG film. How exciting, Im sure your on cloud nine…Great work can’t wait to see whats next!

    1. Christopher Barzak Avatar

      Thank you Cindy!

  5. Meagan Avatar

    Wow! That’s awesome, I can’t wait to see it!

    It’s great that you’re getting so much information about the process, I’d thought writers often get completely disconnected.

    1. Christopher Barzak Avatar

      Thanks, Meagan! Yes, I think I’ve had a special experience thus far!

  6. fusakota Avatar

    You bore the book, and the book bears a film.

    1. Christopher Barzak Avatar

      Thank you! Sugoi indeed!

  7. Colleen Avatar

    I can’t wait! YAY!!!! So happy for you friend!

    1. Christopher Barzak Avatar

      Thank you, sweetie!!

  8. […] Christopher Barzak announced that the film rights to his novel One for Sorrow have been officially sold, with Carter […]

  9. Chris Avatar

    !!! This is fantastic news!! So happy for you Chris 🙂 Hope everything goes as perfect as possible!

    1. Christopher Barzak Avatar

      Thanks, Chris!

  10. Joseph Avatar

    I’ve heard that an actor named Cameron Monaghan has been attached to your film Jamie Marks is Dead. 19 year old Cameron has been acting professionally for over ten years and is currently a regular on the Showtime Original Series, Shameless (2011).

  11. Joseph Avatar

    Here’s the link to his profile on the Showtime website that confirms this.

    1. Christopher Barzak Avatar

      I saw this, too, Joseph. Made an announcement about it on my facebook and twitter, but I hadn’t posted anything here. Thanks!

  12. Wendy Butler-mafuz Avatar
    Wendy Butler-mafuz

    So cool! I spend a ton of time in the westchester county area near sleepy hollow for work, so when filming starts let me know…. Would love to be a groupy :). It’s a beautiful area near the Hudson River and Tarrytown so I’m sure you’ll be happy with the location. They filmed dark shadows at one of the gothic castles right here…. And Irvingtown is nearby…. So happy for you! Wendy

    1. Christopher Barzak Avatar

      Thanks, Wendy! I’m excited to see it. I think filming should start at the end of this month, beginning of next. I’ve got to go see the area myself. 🙂

  13. Sherwood Avatar

    Congratulations…if information is correct, a part of your film is going to be shot in the Monticello area in an abandoned high school starting in March…I’ve taken some pictures there myself, so great location.

    1. Christopher Barzak Avatar

      Thank you! I’m really excited to see it. I’ve seen some location scouting photos and they’re excellent. Very much like the place in Ohio I was imagining. But NE rural Ohio and upstate NY has a lot in common.

  14. Suede Avatar

    Looks like ur gunna be filming near my house up in the catskills…
    A good friend of mine is working on it..
    Suede – SUEDEsays / Project Runway 5 / All*Stars

    1. Christopher Barzak Avatar

      Oh cool! I’ve been watching from afar, and can’t wait to see the final product! Thanks so much! I’m ridiculously excited! Also, btw, loved you on PR! xo

  15. […] No official info yet but the movie will be based on a novel by Christopher Barzak, and will be directed by Carter Smith. Christopher Barzak gives some info on his website. […]

  16. Jamie Marks Avatar
    Jamie Marks

    My mother said I was destined to see my name up in lights. She’ll be getting mixed signals when she sees the title but I’ll guide her through it!! Love your work

    Kind regards, Jamie Marks

    1. Christopher Barzak Avatar

      Ha! I do imagine that the title will present mixed signals! Thank you for the kind words!

  17. Stephanie Avatar

    Hi! I can’t wait to read your book now that I’ve seen the movie and a big fan of Cameron Monaghan’s. Can you tell me please what the “words” meant that Jamie asked from Adam? And what it meant when Jamie breathed in those words? Thank you! I’m buying your book soon!

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