One of the hot deals that happened late this summer was a reported seven figure deal for three books by the creator of CSI. Dutton won the fierce auction, beating out six other houses.
Par for the course, right?
Well, this one is different. The “author” of the project is not really going to be the author. Anthony Zuiker is going to be more like a producer/director, and he’ll hire a novelist to write the books. At the end of every five chapters there will be a code in the book that, when you go to your computer, will take you to a two minute filmed vignette that will provide a “cinematic bridge” to the next five chapters. Zuiker will outline the series and direct the vignettes, hoping eventually to turn the project into a feature film.
This isn’t the first interactive novel, but it’s a pretty big investment, and the fact that such big names are involved gives it buzz.
So… what do you think??