Gary Oldman and his longtime manager-producer Douglas Urbanski have landed a book deal with Simon & Schuster’s Emily Bestler Books. Deadline reports that literary agent David Vigliano had been attempting to persuade the duo to write a book on the political landscape or their adventures together – featuring anecdotes such as the discovery that an imposter posing as Oldman had joined the audition process for Man On The Moon. Urbanski was not convinced. He said:
“I couldn’t think of anything more boring. But back in 2009 when Gary was filming Book Of Eli, we came up with this story that had to do with vampires. Whether it might be a film, a series of books or a TV show, we didn’t pigeonhole it but we but buzzed by the idea. We met several times in my kitchen, mapped out the story and where it would go, reinventing the rules and realities of vampires and sex and the power of love. There were rabbit trails that went nowhere, but we concluded that we had landed on something we hadn’t seen done before.”
“We’d always been fascinated in the area of cowboys and the gold rush. Vigliano came to visit to try again on the other book, saw the pile of notes on the kitchen table and I said, weirdly enough, we were working on something that might work as a book. While in New York on the Planet Of The Apes junket, we met with five publishers and got four offers. Now, we’re finishing the manuscript and feeling wonderful about seeing the characters come to life.”
Urbanski added that the first novel “ends leaving you needing to know what becomes of Magnus, the hero who had a curse placed on him by a vampire.” A trilogy is planned. The first instalment of Blood Riders is set for 2016.