So, I’ve decided that BTWS (Beyond the Western Sun) is going to be a movie. One day, somehow, it will happen and I will be there to watch the pages come to life. I’ve also decided that James Cameron will direct it. Why James Cameron? Because Avatar restored my faith in Hollywood after remake after crappy remake after stupid sequel (I feel I should also mention that Up and The Princess & the Frog restored my faith in Disney after so many corny animations that do not do the classics justice, but that’s neither here nor there).
I’m also willing to accept Spielberg, but purely for my own selfish reasons. You see, he has the Auryn, and I want it. So we are destined to become best friends and one day he’ll give it to me because of how much I love The NeverEnding Story. I mean, my very first book was called The Warrior’s Way and was a retelling of the movie (yes, that’s right, I wrote a remake at age 12. Hypocrite, party of me). It wasn’t a retelling of the book (which I prefer) though. I feel that’s important to note for some reason. So clearly I am Atreyu’s biggest fan and I think he would want me to have the Auryn.
Anyway, because I want to speed along this process of making a movie, I’ve gone ahead and collected some names for the people who will star in BTWS. Some of these are negotiable, Hunting Hawk is not. So, James Cameron, please to be calling me to discuss movie rights before my choice for Hunting Hawk gets to be too old to play the part. I don’t ask for much, just to have a say in the final script, help choose the actors, and be on the set to make sure everyone knows what they’re doing. What? That’s not too much to ask. I’m little. I’m quiet. You won’t even know I’m there.
I now present to you, my ideas. If you have ideas of who should play a role, let me know and I’ll add them!
Whisper: Tonantzin Carmelo
I don’t know much about this girl outside of what I’ve seen in Into the West, but she’s got the look. I have faith in her that she will make Whisper even more awesome.
I can’t picture any one actor for Ian but I imagine him to be a mix of the above three. Damon’s build, Jane’s looks, Eckhart’s eyes. Just meld the three together for me.
Hunting Hawk: Nathaniel Arcand
He’s the perfect Hunting Hawk. I’m seriously tempted to attempt to contact him through that website and see if he would be interested. Because he would totally respond to a stranger with a random book.
The Raven-Eater: Jason Momoa
I mean, come on. Is there anyone more perfect for the Raven-Eater than this guy? We’ll have to make him a bit older, but that shouldn’t be a problem.
Smoke Speaker: August Schellenberg
He doesn’t quite fit my vision of the Elder, but I love him so much that I don’t care. I first saw him in Free Willy, but I love his Native American pieces.
Faun: Q'orianka Kilcher
Everything I’ve seen her in, she plays a very demure character. She’s perfect for Faun.
Cole: Freddie Highmore from Finding Neverland, a more talkative version of Tommy from Volcano
I don’t know many little kid actors, so just combine these two and you have Cole.
Gentle Heart: Tinsel Korey
I wish my name was Tinsel. It’s so Christmas-y and fun.
So, that’s my list so far. James Cameron, I’m ready when you are.