- Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi & Bruce Campbell (if you don’t know at least 2 our of these 3 names you shouldn’t be reading this anyway) are writing-developing a TV series based on the EVIL DEAD series of films. (And if that isn’t the most interesting thing the San Diego Comic Con has to offer so far, then what is? Huh? Huh? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Ha!)
- Robert Kirkman (THE WALKING DEAD) is adapting his comic book Outcast for a Cinemax series. (And if that isn’t good news for exorcism lovers everywhere, then what is? Huh? Huh?)
- Nick McDonell & John Dempsey (yer friendly neighborhood munchaddict never heard of ’em but the press releases says Nick’s a journalist and John’s a “politico”) have written an AMC pilot called WHITE CITY about the crap going down in Kabul, which is set to start shooting any second now. (And if that ain’t the best news in the world for right wing extremist war junkie fruitcakes, then what is?)
- Big deal best-selling novelist James Patterson is adapting his thriller, Zoo, into a series for CBS. No pilot necessary on this one. It’s going straight to series. (And if that isn’t the the most exciting news any novelist with a few notches on his belt ever heard, than…well, you know the drill. As the munchman’s dear old daddy used to say, “Success brings success, kid, so keep on sucking!” Yeah, he was clever that way, he is.)
- Simon Rich is adapting his book, The Last Girlfriend on Earth, Man Seeking Woman, into a comedy series for FXX. (The show is described as being about a man who “enters the dating scene, a nightmarish hellscape of untold horror.” Hey, they got that right. Now we’ve just got to hope for a few laughs.)
- Dan Harmon (where have we heard that name before?) is prepping a 6th season of COMMUNITY for Yahoo, of all places, now that the show has been axed once again by NBC. (Which could mean that we’ll have to take Yahoo seriously when it comes to laughter. Um, anybody see what Yer Friendly Neighborhood Munchman did there? Anybody care?)
- Jeff Pinkner (FRINGE), Josh Appelbaum (LIFE ON MARS), Andre Nemec (STAR-CROSSED) and Scott Rosenberg (LIFE ON MARS) are co-writing the pilot for the new CBS drama series, ZOO, based on the novel of the same name by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge. (Which means a big payday for all the writers involved, you can bet your muncher on that – and also big aggravation for the WGAW credits department, which is not known for its love of 4-person writing teams. As in they’re generally, you know, denied.)
- Bryan Fuller (HANNIBAL) & Michael Green (THE RIVER HEROES, whatever that is) are co-writing a pilot for a Starz series adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s, um, masterpiece actually, American God. (Which my munchiness would greet with unmitigated pleasure if I hadn’t wanted that gig so #@!$ing much. But this is still the best TV development news I’ve heard since I started writing this department! Fucking AMERICAN fucking GODS!)
…Eh, excuse us, we should’ve said “authors.” That’s what Forbes calls these wordsmiths, who are making way too much dinero to care what they’re called, other than, maybe, “Sir:”
Forbes’ 15 Highest Earning Authors List – by Zoe Triska
Unsurprisingly, thriller kings James Patterson and Stephen King come in at numbers 1 and 2. Janet Evanovich came in third, with estimated earnings of $33 million, one of several women on the list this year.
Favorite YA/middlegrade series writers also made their list: Suzanne Collins (“The Hunger Games” series), Stephenie Meyer (“Twilight” series), JK Rowling (“Harry Potter” series), Jeff Kinney (“WImpy Kid” series) and Rick Riordan (“Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series).
The list is not precise, but rather based on computations done by the Forbes staff.According to Forbes, they get their numbers by “talk[ing] to authors, agents, publishers and other experts and review[ing] data including Nielsen BookScan sales figures.”
After all the “50 Shades of Grey” hubbub so far this year (including the book becoming the UK’s best-selling novel of all time), we wonder if E.L. James might be stealing the #1 spot for the next list. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait a whole year to find out!
Yeah, Mom, we know we’re supposed to be encourage by all these greenbacks flying around. But just to be straight, the comparo between the lives of these folks and ours is making us feel more than a tad…depressed.