So, a lot of you have been asking, and now I can tell you: The I Hunt Killers TV show is not going to happen. At least, not in its current form.
The folks at WBTV gave it their best shot. They optioned the series before the first book was even published and they’ve spent three years working very hard to bring it to the small screen. But they’ve officially let the option lapse at this point.
I know this makes some of you sad. And I know that some of you are happy because you didn’t like some of the changes WB was going to make in order to bring the series to TV.
Me? I’m neither happy nor sad. Look, it was always a longshot. Something that people not involved (even tangentially, as I am) in the entertainment business don’t understand is that it’s a miracle anything gets made at all. There is a constant tension between what the studio1 wants and what the network2 wants. It can be difficult to align everyone’s interests and desires in such a way that what comes out is any good at all…and oftentimes, everyone just decides that it’s best not to proceed.
Which is what has happened here. And I’m fine with it. I also would have been fine with the show proceeding and ending up on the air.3 Would the show have been perfect? Would it have been exactly what I would have done, had I been in charge? Nah, of course not. But it would have exposed a vaster audience to my work, and that would have been nice.
So, the show is dead, but the books can never die. And who knows? Maybe someone else will come along and want to make a TV show or a movie out of these books. And maybe this time, the stars will align and it’ll actually make it all the way to your eyeballs.
Stranger things have happened, after all.