Meeting the DiTerlizzi Man
So I met Tony DiTerlizzi this past Thursday. It was, as you might assume, awesome. Actually, I also met his wife Angela and his editor Kevin too, if I'm going to be entirely honest with you here. In the course of our conversing I learned many new and interesting things. I would like to share these facts with you now in a segment I'm calling.
What You Can Learn From Tony DiTerlizzi
- The new movie of Charlotte's Web? Tony helped out on this one. He assures us that it is very good and that after people got incensed at the fart jokes in the initial trailer the gag was removed entirely from the film. Also, his primary concern with this movie was getting Templeton right. Mission has, by his account, been accomplished on that front.
- The new Spiderwick movie? All is going according to plan. Industrial Light & Magic is handling the CGI which is going to prove to be damned cool. If you've seen and enjoyed his Care and Feeding of Sprites book, the CGI will be very faithful to Tony's work. No teaser trailer is due until 2007, however.
- Also relating to the movie, Sarah Bolger is playing Mallory. You may remember her fabulous performance in In America, where she played the older sister. Unbeknownst to Tony and Holly Black, Sarah has always been a huge Spiderwick fan. When she heard about the casting she was thrilled and walked in as the world's most perfect Mallory. Neither Sarah nor Freddie Highmore (who is playing both Jared and Simon AND is 14-years-old) will be speaking with British accents in this film. So... huh?
- The Dragonriders of Pern - For a moment there they were going to make them kid-friendly and Mr. DiTerlizzi was going to do the illustrations. Only it was gonna be freakin' awesome because he was going to do a whole cool sci-fi Buck Rogers look. People forget that the series is just as sci-fi (Earthlings migrated to another planet) as it is fantasy. Anywho, the project sort of didn't go through. Ah well. Someday.
- Selling The Spider and the Fly as a black and white title was really hard. Publishers these days are fairly certain that black and white books don't sell. Except Christ VanAllsburg, of course. And that recent Kevin Henkes. And the fact that Olivia only had a spot of red aside from her black and white world. And and and...