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When “movie” equals “spoon”

Not a week goes by that we don’t read a post or private message: “Any news on the Elfquest movie?” Okay, it’s been a little while, but that’s why you can scroll down through past entries, to catch up on what you might have missed. It was almost two years ago (January 20, 2012) that Warner Bros., after having had Elfquest under option and consideration for four years, said “no.” And it was about a month prior to that (December 11, 2011) that Wendy posted on Facebook:

“As you know, Richard and I are waiting to hear if Warner Bros., by the end of January, will green light the Elfquest movie. We’ve been waiting several years for this movie to be developed – as have you. There have been some encouraging signs. But we have no real idea what will happen come Jan. 31st. I just wanted to share that, whatever happens, I’m at peace. I’ve learned patience and endurance and how to turn both disappointment and success into ‘next.’ It’s all one, kids. There’s no ticker tape parade. There’s only ‘NOW.'”

The first movie option on Elfquest was taken in 1981. That means we’ve been back and forth to the altar for more than thirty years. It’s taken a while, but we have made peace with “Schrodinger’s movie.” It may happen. It may not. Right now, it’s in that Matrix-like state of un-existence so well exemplified by the spoon that Neo tries to bend:

Spoon boy: Do not try and bend the spoon. That’s impossible. Instead… only try to realize the truth.

Neo: What truth?

Spoon boy: There is no spoon.

Neo: There is no spoon?

Spoon boy: Then you’ll see, that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.

We no longer put ourselves through the emotional wringer trying to bend the spoon that is Hollywood (or Hollywood’s notion of what an Elfquest movie can or can’t, should or shouldn’t be). We’ve let go – which is nowhere near the same as giving up. Letting go simply means reclaiming the precious time and energy that we used to invest into wondering how this or that meeting went, or who might be talking to whom, or whatever. There are still prospects simmering on back burners, but right now we’re deep into the big project that is “Final Quest.” Don’t worry; if and when we have reliable news, you’ll get it.

We’ll spoon-feed it to you.


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