From printed page to movie screen

Two of Patrick Carman's books have been purchased to be made into movies.

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WALLA WALLA -- A story by Patrick Carman could be coming to a big screen near you.

Feature film company Intrepid Pictures has purchased the rights to two of the young adult novels -- "Skeleton Creek" and "13 Days to Midnight" -- penned by the Walla Walla resident.

Carman said this morning this is not the first time a company has purchased the rights to adapt one of his books into a movie. However, it appears to him this may be the first time it comes to fruition. A story describing Intrepid's plans was detailed this month in LA-based entertainment magazine "Variety." Carman said he believes the company's willingness to go public is a sign it is moving along.

The author also wrote the five-part "The Land of Elyon" series, the three-part series "Atherton," "The Black Circle," and the fifth title in "The 39 Clues" series and the multimedia "Trackers" series.

He said the company bought the rights to "Skeleton Creek" a year ago and to "13 Days to Midnight" about nine months ago. "There are a lot of steps along the way where it can be totally derailed," Carman said of the movie-making process. "I think it's like a snowball: The further you go, the more momentum a project has and the less likely it's going to get derailed."

Intrepid was founded in 2004 by Trevor Macy and Marc D. Evans, who will serve as producers on both projects, according to the "Variety" report. The company is working with Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson to adapt the book-video hybrid series "Skeleton Creek," a thriller based in Oregon, where two teens explore an abandoned gold mine, encounter a possible supernatural entity and take a deeper journey into the town's own secrets. The website features videos that have tallied more than 8 million hits, "Variety" reported. Carman's followup with "Skeleton Creek #4: The Raven" will publish in May.

For "13 Days to Midnight," a story published by Little Brown Books about a boy who obtains the power of indestructibility, Intrepid has tapped screenwriter Rebecca Sonnenshine whose credits include "Within," "The Haunting of Molly Hartley" and "American Zombie."

Intrepid finances its own projects, a rarity in Hollywood, Carman said. The company co-produced the $82 million box-office hit "The Strangers," as well as "Doomsday," "Balls of Fury," and "The Hitcher," to name a few.

"They're exactly the right kind of company for these projects," Carman said. If it makes it to theaters, he envisions a grand premiere in Walla Walla. "We would definitely have to have a big screening."

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