Featuring Jane Porter
Having a book out is huge.
Having a book get turned into a movie is well, nothing short of
Not every book gets optioned, and of those that do, very few
actually go into production. The fact that Flirting with
was published in July í06, and by July í08 it was already a film in
post-production waiting for its December premiere blows my mind.
It all happened so fast that I still find it hard to absorb.
But in the two years of activity highlights spring to mind:
The offer from Sony.
The email that told me
Julia Dahl had been hired as the screenwriter.
Juliaís outline that would
become the script.
My first glimpse of the
The phone call with the
news that casting had begun and then the announcement that Heather
Locklear had signed on to play Jackie.
And then the biggest news
of allóthe movie would go into production and begin filming April 1st
for a December air date.
Pretty cool. And so very amazing.
Equally amazing was the week I spent on the set in Hawaii this past
April. I had the chance to be an extra in my own movie and
doing the wardrobe call every morning was illuminating (lots of
people take the role of being an extra very seriously!) and then
there was the discovery that being an extra is actually quite
tedious, as thereís tons of standing around and waiting, and more
waiting, and even more waiting. I also discovered after
watching the rough cut of the movie that most extras are merely
background blur, or worse, extra footage that lands on the editing
But I did feel special that week in Hawaii. Once people knew
who I was, I got the red-carpet treatment, including invitations to
sit in the directorís chair to watch filming and the chance to cut
to the head of the food service line at lunch instead of waiting
with all the other extras. I didnít ever take advantage of
cutting the catering truck line, but I did watch filming every
chance I could get. I loved wearing the head-set and listening
The movieís wonderful, and while different from the novel, itís
still a fun, feel-good holiday film and it captures the bookís
I donít know if Iíll ever have another book made into a film, so I
relish this one and count my lucky stars to have been part of such a
fantastic production. Working with Sony and Lifetime was a
very positive experience, and the finished product inspires me to
keep writing and pushing that edge of creativity.
Jane Porterís July 2006 release, Flirting With Forty (5 Spot), was
picked by Redbook Magazine as its Red Hot Summer Read before being
optioned as a Lifetime Christmas 2008 TV movie. Jane's newest novel,
Mrs. Perfect, (May 2008, 5 Spot) has also received tremendous
acclaim from her readers. www.janeporter.com