Beverly Hills, California – November 26, 2018
Hollywood Animation Studios, a high-tech producer of both live action and animated films, has announced their intention to create a musical stage play based on the life of famed rock guitarist and songwriter Jimi Hendrix.
The play will be written by Michael Spartan and George D. Morgan, directed by Michael Spartan, and will use a wide range of Hendrix’s music and personal writings. A collaboration agreement was signed by the two on November 13th.
“It’s a privilege to have this opportunity to bring Jimi’s music and work to both his fans and to a new generation,” said Spartan.
Spartan and Morgan bring together almost a century of combined music and theatre experience.
“Through the creation and production of this play,” said Morgan, “we promise to honor Jimi’s legend and legacy.”
The studio will license music from Jimi Hendrix’s extensive song catalog for both stage and film. An animated feature film version of the same story is currently underway and should begin pre-production in May of 2020. Morgan is also the co-screenwriter for the film.
An opening date and venue for the play has yet to be announced.
New York -- March 5, 2019
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing Rowman and Littlefield will publish George D Morgan's latest non-fiction book Rocket Age: The Race to the Moon and What it Took to Get There.
The book will be released June 8, 2020, and relates the history of the U.S. space program from Robert Goddard through Apollo 11 and the first Moon landing.
A critic's preview:
What happens when a group of high school theatre students decides to put on Agatha Christie’s play “And Then There Were None,” and one of them decides to take the play a bit too seriously? This is the premise of Morgan’s original pick-em-off horror thriller, brilliantly incorporating into the story Christie’s play, which then becomes an actual clue in the murders. A new viable suspect arises at every turn, and not even death exonerates the teens. The pacing is taut and brisk from the first man down to the very end. The twists, the reveals, the ever-changing suspicions all make for a very exciting ride that builds to a virtually flawless climax which pays homage to both Christie’s book and its stage adaptation. The manuscript was impossible to put down from start to finish.
This story is a perfect candidate for a film adaptation as the next low-budget thriller. Though it is not as horror driven as some of the recent low-budget successes, it has enough to be viable in that realm while bringing in psychological thriller aspects that could expand the audience even further. The pedigree of Christie’s work is evident in the fantastic plotting – once the story kicks into gear, it never lets up. Play Dead is a smarter-than-average edge-of-your-seat teen thriller that deserves to be a best seller.
--Black List reviewer
BOOK CONTRACT SIGNED: On March 5, 2019 I signed a contract with Prometheus for my next book: Rocket Age: The Race to the Moon and What it Took to Get There. Pub date is scheduled for June 8, 2020.
ANOTHER CONTEST WINNER: My pitch and treatment for adapting my book ROCKET GIRL to film won 2nd Place this month in the Script Pipeline Great Movie Idea contest. Here's where you can find their announcement: https://scriptpipeline.com/14th-great-movie-idea-contest-results
NEXT BOOK PROJECT: I recently began work on a biography of Leon Russell. Anyone having any information they think would be germane for such a book please contact me . My contact info is at the bottom of this page.
BOOK SALES: As of August, 2019, Rocket Girl passed 13,000 copies in sales !!
Also: the audio book version of Rocket Girl in now available. Go to Amazon.com and search for Rocket Girl Audio Book and it will pop right up.
Late February, 2020 -- date TBA: Speaking event in New Canaan, Connecticut for the Town Players theatre group who will be producing Rocket Girl.
SEPT. 16, 2019: ROCKET GIRL public presentation at the McKinney Library, McKinney, Texas.
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