Friday, June 16, 2006

SciFi Network Picks Up Wizard Private Eye Series

The SciFi network has picked up 11 episodes of a series based on the "hardboiled" Wizard PI Harry Dresden. The best-selling series of novels by Jim Butcher are a combination of Randall Garrett's Lord Darcy series and Dashiell Hammett. My wife and I have been reading the novels and have found them to be very enjoyable, though Butcher sometimes overdoes the "hardboiled" writing. As I read aloud the words before we go to bed I sometimes feel like I am Kirk Douglas in Ace in the Hole. The first novel is a little clumsy, but written in a good pulpy spirit.

If you look very carefully at the upfront video, you can see some clips from the show. You can read some of the reaction on the Jim Butcher website here.

According to the press release, the show is being produced by Nicholas Cage's Saturn Films production company and Cage seems excited about the series and the inclusion of Paul Blackthorne in the titular role. Cage stated, "Norm and I feel that Paul's passion for the part and talent will translate into a charismatic performance." The show is being distributed by Lion's Gate entertainment and will air on the SciFi channel in January.

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