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‘Twilight’ producer acquires rights for sci-fi book set on Bainbridge Island
Forks may have their vampires and werewolves, but now Bainbridge Island may just have the market cornered on genetically enhanced humans.
Mark Morgan, executive producer of the “Twilight” films, has acquired the film and television rights to the sci-fi/action e-book series “Genesis,” which is set in Seattle and Bainbridge Island in a disturbing version of the not-so-distant future.
The series, written by Matt K. Turner, tells the story of Adam Markusson, the head of a successful Seattle-based software startup who is plunged into a storm of suspicion, paranoia and mind-bending revelations as he begins to confront the possibility that he is actually a bio-fabricated being created and owned by the ruthless multinational corporation NuGen.
“For me, science fiction is the background of a good story,” Turner said. “The idea is much more about psychology. You’re getting into this guy’s mind. The science is just the engine that makes the story possible.”
The series is set in various locations around Seattle and Bainbridge Island, including an exciting climactic battle between Markusson and the NuGen security apparatus on the Bainbridge ferry as it courses through Eagle Harbor.
“The last third takes place in the Bainbridge area,” Turner explained, “with some pretty big action sequences on a ferry boat.”
Turner, who resides in Los Angeles, became inspired to set the story in the Seattle area after visiting his father and stepmother Ron and Georgann Turner who reside here on Bainbridge.
“I had been to Seattle before, but not to Bainbridge,” he said. “It just seemed to fit with the storyline and I think the Bainbridge part [of the trip] really sealed it for me because I found it to be an interesting area. You’re always looking for locations that offer something and could be interesting for people and I think that the location of the island, the lushness, the remoteness of it, works well for what transpires there.”
Ron Turner, who moved to Bainbridge in June 2011, said his son has always had an interest in writing.
“He’s [Matt] been doing a lot of writing for several years now,” he said. “He’s mostly been writing screenplays. He got inspired to move from screenplays to an actual novel when he got the idea for ‘Genesis.’”
Ron also said that his son’s trip to the area came at the perfect time to help flesh out the series plot.
“That [last year] was the first time he’d come up,” he explained.
“He is the father of soon-to-be 4-year-old girls. His travel is somewhat limited. This was the first time he came up with the twins in tow and his wife. He liked the area. He’d already been working on the ‘Genesis’ idea and it sort of all came together as he came back from the visit.”
Although the author remained tight-lipped about specifics, his father admitted that bringing the big fight scene to Bainbridge was no accident.
“The parents of the girlfriend character live on Bainbridge,” he confided. “And NuGen is pursuing her here to get at Adam.”
“Genesis - Part I,” is available now on Amazon as an e-book and the second part is slated for release in early March.
Ultimately, the author said that the series will span four books to be completed in the next six months, with the earliest stages of the film’s preproduction in progress already.
“I had met Mark Morgan through my film efforts,” Turner explained. “They [Outlier Productions] liked a script that I had written.”
Turner said that during a meeting to discuss other possible script ideas he had told Morgan about his novel, which itself had started as screenplay.
“They were interested,” Turner said. “He [Morgan] was the first person to read it outside of my crew of proofreaders.”
Does the idea of a possible film in the works, when the series isn’t even completely written yet, turn up the heat on the novice author?
“It’s exciting to know as you’re writing that you already have a deal in place,” he said. “I definitely feel blessed and very excited.”
“I’m just completing part two now,” he said earlier this week. “So there’s a little pressure on that. It certainly helps to get it out sooner rather than later. I’m pretty on target.
“The story is all laid out, I know exactly what’s happening in pretty fine detail, so its just a matter of executing now,” he said.
Turner said that although his first literary love is the screenplay format, he is finding the freedom afforded by more traditional prose to be exhilarating.
“It’s an opportunity for me to stretch my legs, so to speak,” he said. “When you’re writing screenplays, everything has to be so concise and you can’t interject much flair.”
Visit www.amazon.com to purchase “Genesis - Part I” in e-book format for 99 cents and get ahead of the crowd.
To learn more about the author, visit www.mattkturner.com.