I’ve just sent out a special edition of the Roadhouse Report to let you all in on a secret I’ve been keeping for what feels like years but is really only months.
Evergreen Films of Anchorage and Los Angeles has acquired the screen rights to the Kate Shugak novels.
As you have all heard me say too many times to count, I was determined to sell the screen rights only to someone who would shoot the series in Alaska. Specifically, to someone who would put Alaska, not British Columbia or central Washington state, right up there next to Kate and Mutt.
Well, that someone found me. Mike Devlin made his bones in Silicon Valley software, came north and fell in love with Alaska, and is now pursuing a second life in film production. I don’t know him that well yet, but my gut says he’s got a good heart and a hard head, along with the muscle and the determination to make this happen. He says, and I’m quoting verbatim, “There’s no reason we can’t film the whole series in Alaska.”
The press conference announcing the deal was in Anchorage this morning at 11am, and Mike and I will be on Hour 3 of Dan Fagan’s radio show today.