Monday, February 15, 2021

Marshall Ryan Maresca's "The Velocity of Revolution"

Marshall Ryan Maresca is a fantasy and science-fiction writer, author of the Maradaine Saga: Four braided series set amid the bustling streets and crime-ridden districts of the exotic city called Maradaine, which includes The Thorn of Dentonhill, A Murder of Mages, The Holver Alley Crew and The Way of the Shield, and a newly released dieselpunk fantasy, The Velocity of Revolution. He is also the co-host of the podcast Worldbuilding for Masochists, and has been a playwright, an actor, a delivery driver and an amateur chef. He lives in Austin, Texas with his family.

Here Maresca shares some thoughts about adapting The Velocity of Revolution for the big screen:
So, I have definitely thought about how The Velocity of Revolution might be made into a movie or series. My degree was in Film & Video Production, after all, and I like to think I write in a very cinematic style. So I definitely think the The Velocity of Revolution can translate very well to the screen It’s a dieselpunk fantasy filled with motorcycles, psychic magic connections, tacos, pansexual polycules, train heists, tacos, races, revolution, goddesses on the radio, and did I mention tacos? So it’s got a lot going on that has strong visual and cinematic appeal.

But when it comes to casting? I’m honestly not sure. Who should play Wenthi Tungét, the cycle-riding patrol officer who gets sent undercover with in the undercaste districts of the city so he can infiltrate the growing revolutionary movement? Or Nália Enapi, the arrested rebel whose thoughts and memory are implanted in Wenthi’s mind? Or Ajiñe Osceba, the cycle-riding insurrection leader who is trying to help her family and friends live better lives? I would think, perhaps, the best actors for these roles are fresh faces that I wouldn’t know, people who might use these roles to establish themselves in the public consciousness.

As for directors, though? Doesn’t this book seem like it would be a perfect Robert Rodiguez film?

And along those lines, the soundtrack should be done by his sister, Patricia Vonne. I even made a Spotify playlist to that end.
Visit Marshall Ryan Maresca's website.

--Marshal Zeringue