I love movies. Rick and I have quite a collection. While it may shock some, we enjoy old horror movies like “The Blob” (Steve McQueen version), “War of the Worlds” (Gene Barry version), “The Creature from the Black Lagoon”, “The Day the Earth Stood Still” (Michael Renny). I added “Eight-Legged Freaks” a few years ago, and shocked my children when I laughed at people being overrun by thousands of spiders, some with eyes like motorcycle goggles. Trapdoor spiders grabbed ostriches. And a DJ screeched about aliens. Of course, my children didn’t grow up in 50s and see “Them” and “The Tarantula”.
I won’t bore you with a list of my nature movies other than to say I’ve soared among migrating flocks, shivered with penguins, dived beneath the Great Barrier Reef, tunneled with gophers and buzzed with bees. I’ve witnessed insect wars and the mating rituals of the blue-footed booby. Who says God doesn’t have a sense of humor?
Every author dreams of having a book made into a movie, and I had that thrill when Michael Landon, Jr. and Brian Bird made “The Last Sin Eater” (available on DVD) based on my novel by the same name.
Which brings me to one of the most frequently asked questions: When is there going to be a movie based on Redeeming Love? The simple answer is when God wills it. There has been a great deal of interest in getting the story on screen. Right now, we’re talking to several interested parties. So, maybe…
Even the possibility begs more questions: Who could play the lead roles? Who would make a good Michael Hosea? Angel? Paul? Miriam? Duke? Which screen writer and director would understand the full story of Redeeming Love?
Redeeming Love is an allegory about God’s love for each of us. How do we “show” our invisible God in a visual art form? In the novel, God speaks to Michael and teaches him how to love Angel. How do you show that on film? I’m baffled.
I’d love to hear your opinions and ideas.