Saturday, June 27, 2015

Beth Cato's "The Clockwork Crown"

Beth Cato hails from Hanford, California, but currently writes and bakes cookies in a lair outside of Phoenix, Arizona. She shares the household with a hockey-loving husband, a numbers-obsessed son, and a cat the size of a canned ham.

Here she shares some ideas about adapting her latest novels for a cinematic audience:
When I think of my books The Clockwork Dagger and The Clockwork Crown as movies, I don't think of a Hollywood movie. I can only see it as an anime, especially one done by Studio Ghibli. They are famous for their movies like My Neighbor Totoro and Howl's Moving Castle--the latter in particular shows how well they handle steampunk fantasy with fantastic visuals. My books span forested wilderness to sky-scraping cities teeming with factories to scenes of pure, ancient magic. When I think of what they could do with that, I get goosebumps!

Since I'm daydreaming about anime, my focus is on English voice actors:

Octavia Leander: Emma Watson
Alonzo Garret: Benedict Cumberbatch
Viola Stout: (the late and great) Mollie Sugden
Mr. Drury: Daniel Radcliffe
Miss Percival: Nichelle Nichols
Balthazar Cody: James Earl Jones
Grand Potentate Taney: George Takei

I could hope that the studio's famed director Hayao Miyazaki might come out of retirement to work on the project, but in any case, Studio Ghibli would do a gorgeous job.
Learn more about The Clockwork Dagger and The Clockwork Crown at Beth Cato's website.

The Page 69 Test: The Clockwork Dagger.

--Marshal Zeringue