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Can Canon Entertainment Do for Briggs what HBO Is Doing for...

According to Publishers' Weekly, Patricia Brigg's Mercy Thompson series has been picked up by 50 Canon Entertainment.

Deets for the fans:

50 Canon is run by Mark Newell who has an eclectic directing background.  His portfolio includes Four Weddings and a Funeral (loved*) and Pushing Tin (liked) and the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (never watched).  Perhaps his biggest movie to do date was director of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.  The PW report also says that Ace, a division of Penguin, is set to publish four more Mercy Thompson books.

Deets for the authors:

Th deal is that Newell has optioned the series and will pay escalating amounts in the mid six figures for each title when the option is exercised.

*Am I a total philistine for admitting I hadn't read Auden before this movie?

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Ann-Kat
    Oct 02, 2008 @ 12:39:36

    The Mercy Thompson series is a tricky one for me. 75% of me loved it, and 25% of me was lukewarm about it. Strange, I know, but it would definitely be great to see it rendered on the screen.

    On an almost unrelated note, I’m noticing a huge trend: more and more books are being adapted to the big and small screens. I can think of four off the top of my head (Blindness, Twilight, the Sookie Stackhouse series, Nights in Rodanthe) and I’m sure there’s more. Makes me wonder how long this trend will continue.

  2. theo
    Oct 02, 2008 @ 13:35:38


  3. Corrine
    Oct 02, 2008 @ 13:41:24

    If you’re a philistine, what does that make me? I’ve never read Auden (nor do I have a desire to) or watched Four Weddings and a Funeral.

  4. SonomaLass
    Oct 02, 2008 @ 16:56:16

    Sigh. Jane, I love Auden, but I don’t think you’re a philistine for not having encountered him before _Four Weddings and a Funeral_. A favorite film of mine, and it was nice to see ol’ W.H. get some mainstream exposure out of it.

    When I admit I’ve never read any of the Mercy Thompson series, what does that make me?

  5. DS
    Oct 02, 2008 @ 16:59:23

    Love Auden. Hope you went on to enjoy more of his poetry.

    As for movies– isn’t the Time Traveler’s Wife being (been) made?

  6. has
    Oct 02, 2008 @ 17:15:28

    LKH just announced that Anita is either being made into a movie or a tv series or even both!

    I think with Twilight around the corner and the success of True Blood I think we will see more Urban Fantasy being adapted-
    But I am really happy for Patty – and I am psyched over this. I love the Mercy series and I hope the adaptation will do justice to the books.

  7. Mouse
    Oct 02, 2008 @ 17:43:13

    Ugh, Anita Blake? Really?

    You sure it wasn’t picked up by a porn company?

  8. Randi
    Oct 03, 2008 @ 08:56:52

    Mouse, LMAO. Good thing I didn’t have coffee in my mouth.

    Anita’s been optioned before and nothing happened with it. I haven’t checked in on the LHK blogs in a while, but last I read, even she didn’t expect anything to happen with the new option. But, maybe a good director/writer team (say the guys who did Deadwood and John of Cincinnati) could do something really spectacular with it…

  9. Jane
    Oct 03, 2008 @ 10:06:06

    My understanding was that LKH’s new movie deal was with the Independent Film Channel so . . . not quite sure the caliber of that production.

  10. Sarah
    Jan 17, 2010 @ 02:10:33

    W. H. Auden was a British poet 1907-1920?. In Three Weddings and a Funeral one of his poems was read during the funeral scene. The Poem is called “Funeral Blues”

  11. Riot
    Jan 24, 2012 @ 12:21:55

    If anyone sees this, I hope someone can shed some light on this topic. Nothing has been said since 2008/2009 about Mercy Thompson becoming a movie. I would love to find out more info on this or any of her other books (the alpha and omega series) becoming movies or even TV shows. Love True Blood and I would LOVE to see some of Patricia Briggs books come to life.

  12. Jane
    Jan 24, 2012 @ 12:50:47

    @Riot I don’t know anything more but I have been listening to the audio books for the Alpha and Omega series and enjoying them a lot.

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