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DS Tidbit #20 - Seth Grahame-Smith

Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Sun Jun 10, 2012 10:39 am

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Seth Grahame-Smith (born Seth Jared Greenberg; January 4, 1976) is an American best-selling author, screenwriter, and producer of film and television. He is best known as the author of The New York Times best-selling novels Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, both of which are being adapted as feature films. Grahame-Smith is also the co-creator, head writer and executive producer of The Hard Times of RJ Berger, a scripted television comedy appearing on MTV. In collaboration with David Katzenberg, his partner in Katzsmith Productions, Grahame-Smith is currently developing a number of projects for television and film.

Grahame-Smith was born in Rockville Centre, New York, but eventually grew up in Weston and Bethel, Connecticut, where he attended Bethel High School. After his parents' divorce, his mother changed his surname to "Grahame", after author Kenneth Grahame, and later added the surname "Smith", from her re-marriage. He received a degree in film from Emerson College. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife, Erin, and son, Joshua.

Grahame-Smith's first widely published book was The Big Book of Porn: A Penetrating Look at the World of Dirty Movies, a non-fiction history of the erotic art form published in 2005. The next year, Grahame-Smith published The Spider-Man Handbook: The Ultimate Training Manual, an examination of Marvel Comics' Spider-Man, with an introduction by Stan Lee. In 2007, Grahame-Smith wrote How to Survive a Horror Movie: All the Skills to Dodge the Kills, a tongue-in-cheek guide to help readers escape situations most often shown in horror films. The book's introduction was written by horror film director Wes Craven. Grahame-Smith’s next book was the satirical Pardon My President: Fold-and-Mail Apologies for 8 Years, a collection of letters addressed to various parties intended to apologize for the wrongs they had suffered under the administration of George W. Bush.

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The idea for Grahame-Smith's next novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, came from his editor at Quirk Books, Jason Rekulak. Using Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice as a platform, Rekulak suggested that Grahame-Smith mix a zombie plot into the public domain novel, effectively creating one of the first literary disasters. Enamored of the idea, Grahame-Smith immediately began working on the novel, first by reading Pride and Prejudice and then by inserting the gruesome zombie elements, a process he has described as similar to microsurgery. Though Quirk Books was initially reluctant to publish the book in fear of alienating Austen’s fans, the novel went to press in 2009, with modest sales expectations. In the weeks prior to the release, however, the book’s popularity swelled dramatically as the cover and title of the novel circulated the internet. Anticipation for the book grew so rapidly that in its first week of release, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies surged to #3 on the New York Times Best Seller list. Since that time, the novel has sold over a million copies and been translated into over 20 languages.

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Building on the success of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Grahame-Smith wrote another mash-up, Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. As the title suggests, this book traces Abraham Lincoln’s life from childhood through assassination, relying upon his “secret diaries” to reveal his central role in a world-wide struggle against vampirism. Released on March 2, 2010, this novel debuted at #4 on the New York Times Best Seller list under the category "Hardcover Fiction."

In addition to writing novels, Grahame-Smith made his debut as a comic book writer on Marvel Zombies Return: Hulk with artist Richard Elson. Unholy Night, the last book of his Three Wise Kings (the Magi) trilogy, was released on April 10, 2012.

Both of Grahame-Smith's best-selling books are currently being adapted as feature films. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was optioned by Lionsgate Entertainment, with Natalie Portman producing, and David O. Russell adapting and directing. Grahame-Smith is also attached as a producer for this project.
Grahame-Smith is also adapting his book, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, for the screen, for producers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov. He wrote the script for Tim Burton's Dark Shadows, the film adaptation of the 1960s soap opera, replacing longtime Burton scribe John August. Grahame-Smith produced the film adaptation of the Mark Bianculli and Jeff Richard special script The Waiting.

After receiving a degree in film from Emerson College, Grahame-Smith moved to Los Angeles, where he wrote and produced for several television series, including "Vendettas" and the History Channel’s "History's Mysteries." Building on these experiences, Grahame-Smith was hired to produce an innovative CBS online series, Clark and Michael, starring Clark Duke, Michael Cera, David Cross, Patton Oswalt, and Andy Richter.

While working on Clark and Michael, Grahame-Smith met another producer on the series, David Katzenberg, who would become his partner in Katzsmith Productions. Under the Katzsmith banner, Grahame-Smith and Katzenberg created, wrote, and produced a scripted comedy for MTV called The Hard Times of RJ Berger, which follows an awkward high-school loser who gains notoriety for his extraordinary endowment.

Grahame-Smith’s third novel, Unholy Night, was released in April, 2012.

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About the new book from the author’s website:

They're an iconic part of history's most celebrated birth. But what do we really know about the Three Kings of the Nativity, besides the fact that they followed a star to Bethlehem bearing strange gifts? The Bible has little to say about this enigmatic trio. But leave it to Seth Grahame-Smith, the brilliant and twisted mind behind Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to take a little mystery, bend a little history, and weave an epic tale.

In Grahame-Smith's telling, the so-called "Three Wise Men" are infamous thieves, led by the dark, murderous Balthazar. After a daring escape from Herod's prison, they stumble upon the famous manger and its newborn king. The last thing Balthazar needs is to be slowed down by young Joseph, Mary and their infant. But when Herod's men begin to slaughter the first born in Judea, he has no choice but to help them escape to Egypt.

It's the beginning of an adventure that will see them fight the last magical creatures of the Old Testament; cross paths with biblical figures like Pontius Pilate and John the Baptist; and finally deliver them to Egypt. It may just be the greatest story never told.


Hear an NPR interviewabout his mashup style here:




Scroll down the page to see the actual interview from May 11, 2012 on collider.com regarding Dark Shadows and the upcoming promotion for Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Killer:



Filmography (from imdb)

Writer:
Beetlejuice 2(screenplay) (announced)
2012Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter(novel / screenplay)
2012Dark Shadows(screenplay / story)
2010-2011The Hard Times of RJ Berger (TV series)

Producer:
Beetlejuice 2(producer) (announced)
It(producer) (announced)
The Hard Times of RJ Berger (TV series) (executive producer - 12 episodes)
Clark and Michael (TV series) (producer)
2002Vendettas (TV series) (producer)
2000-2001History's Mysteries (TV series) (coordinating producer - 2 episodes)
– Sodom and Gomorrah(2001) (coordinating producer)
– The Death of Marilyn Monroe(2000) (coordinating producer)

Cinematographer (3 titles)
1999Guilty or Not (short)
1999The Still Point (short)
1997A Child's Room

Director:
The Hard Times of RJ Berger (TV series) 2011

Self:
Last Call with Carson Daly (TV series) – Episode dated 16 April 2010

His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th (TV documentary)
Himself - 2009

Sources:
wikipedia
sethgrahamesmith.com
imdb.com
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Re: DS Tidbit #20 - Seth Grahame-Smith

Unread postby SnoopyDances » Sun Jun 10, 2012 2:29 pm

I loved Abe Lincoln and am looking forward to the movie (opening in the states June 22). I did not read Pride and Prejudice, but it certainly looks intriguing.

I liked Dark Shadows, but difficult to tell which was Seth's part and which was John August's. Plus throw in Johnny's and Tim's thoughts.

I think Seth has found his element with Burton. It will be interesting to see how their future projects turn out.

I can't imagine anyone but Burton taking a liking to his humor and story telling among the top directors/producers today.

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Re: DS Tidbit #20 - Seth Grahame-Smith

Unread postby bluebird » Thu Jun 14, 2012 3:34 pm

How did it get to be almost June 22? I need to put down what I'm reading and pick up "Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter" NOW!! :cape:
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Re: DS Tidbit #20 - Seth Grahame-Smith

Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:49 pm

I still haven't read it either, bluebird! Another book in the teetering stack...
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Re: DS Tidbit #20 - Seth Grahame-Smith

Unread postby bluebird » Fri Jun 15, 2012 9:40 am

DeppInTheHeartOfTexas wrote:I still haven't read it either, bluebird! Another book in the teetering stack...


Yep, me, too!!!

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