Whoa! It’s been so long! I’ve been SO busy!

Mea Culpa! I haven’t blogged in ages! I’ve just been so busy! Here’s what’s been going on….

Filmfax magazine has been running a huge three part interview with Yours Truly. Some pick-up art (my cover for The Empire Strikes Back LP) was used for the first issue; the second issue’s cover was not by me (that issue is on the stands right now); but I painted a special Kong piece (I just replaced my Dragons image with this painting on the home page of my website) for the issue with the third installment of my interview (on sale soon!).

It’s free movie time for me (I’m a WGA — Writers Guild of America — member) so I’ve been seeing a lot of films. I can recommend Good Night and Good Luck as well as the new Harry Potter film (best of the four). I’ll be seeing a bunch more shortly…

Joss Whedon tipped me to Veronica Mars through an article in the Los Angeles Times. What a wonderful, well-written (and acted) show! And, WOW! is Kristin Bell the most talented young actress working today, or what?! If you haven’t seen any episodes, I recommend renting the first season on DVD and watching them in sequence. What a treat that was for me — I didn’t have to wait a week between shows — and no commercials!

The main project occupying nearly every waking moment of my time is my San Diego Natural History Museum mural commission. I’ve been hired to paint twelve murals depicting the prehistoric life of San Diego for a new permanent prehistoric hall opening in the summer of 2006. The largest of the twelve is 35 feet long, depicting a feeding frenzy of prehistoric whales and fish!

The John Carter of Mars film project has now bounced from Kerry (Sky Captain) Conran to Jon (Swingers, Elf, Zathura) Favreau. Jon and I had a great meeting — what a wonderful guy! Paramount initially agreed to my terms and then pulled a sudden 180! The Powers That Be at Paramount reversed themselves and decided that I couldn’t keep my original art (I’ve kept my originals on all of the 35 feature films with which I’ve been involved), nor — get this — could I ever reproduce my art for the film! So a future Art of William Stout book would have blank pages, I guess, to represent those years of my work. Sad….

Meanwhile I’m being courted for a film being directed by one of the most interesting directors in Hollywood: Christopher (Memento, Batman Begins) Nolan. The film is called The Prestige and stars Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman as two 1900 London magicians embroiled in a rivalry that descends them both into madness. The Prestige is one of the best screenplays I have ever read! Killer!

Okay; I’ve got to start working the phones to see if I can get into any advance screenings of King Kong. I’ve heard a really sad and pathetic tale as to why I wasn’t hired on that film — but I probably shouldn’t go public with it…

One Response to “Whoa! It’s been so long! I’ve been SO busy!”

  1. Thomas originally wrote Veronica Mars as a young adult novel, featuring a male as the protagonist. Episodes have a distinct structure: Veronica solves a different case of the week while continually trying to solve a season-long mystery. The first two seasons of the series had a season-long mystery arc, introduced in the first episode of the season and solved in the season finale. The third season took on a different format, focusing on smaller mystery arcs that would last the course of several episodes.

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