Here he develops some ideas about the director and cast should his novel Armada, set just before D-Day, be adapted for the movies:
I grew up with movies and my brother and I could tell which studio (back when studios were factories) produced a movie by the sounds used from their libraries. Warner Bros. gunshots were distinct from Paramount, as were MGM's from Republic's. It is a little like recognizing a composer from their music characteristics.Read the prologue to Armada, and learn more about the author and his work at Steven Wilson's website.
Since Armada, was the last of a series (President Lincoln's Spy came out since then), I'm going to cast this book. I gave Tom Wilkinson the role of Captain Hardy. A superb actor, he can play gruff with a great deal of sensitivity. For Edland, I choose John Cusack. They both have something hidden deep within, and both share a profound intelligence. For Jordan Cole I like Dax Shepard. His command presence on the screen is impressive.
My choice for director is John McTiernan. That may be a bit old school, but then, so am I.
I should point out that I use motion picture music to help me set the scene when I'm writing. So I must thank John Williams, Dmitri Tiomkin, Alfred Newman, Thomas Newman, Jerry Goldsmith, and Craig Safan.