Australian Jessica Shirvington’s young-adult novel Embrace to be brought to TV by Steven Spielberg

From Michael Idato in The Sydney Morning Herald: Local author Jessica Shirvington, the wife of champion athlete and Foxtel presenter Matt Shirvington, is poised to conquer Hollywood.

Shirvington’s supernatural young-adult novel series Embrace is to be adapted into a TV series by the famed producer Steven Spielberg. The project, commissioned by the US network The CW, is already being hailed as a potential successor to the billion-dollar Twilight franchise.

It’s been mind-blowing. I never even thought I would get published.

The deal for Embrace, if the planned TV series become a blockbuster hit, represents a multi-million dollar windfall for the young Australian writer.

Shirvington, 33, was elated when she spoke to Fairfax today. “I’m stoked,” she said. “The most exciting part is to be able to talk about it because it’s something I’ve had to keep under my hat and I’m not good at that at all.” Read more

About The Author: Jessica Shirvington lives in Sydney with her husband, former Olympic sprinter Matt Shirvington, and their two daughters. A successful businesswoman, she has previously founded and run a coffee distribution company, Stella Imports, in London, and been involved in managing the restaurants Fuel Bistro, Tow Bar and MG Garage in Sydney. Her debut novel EMBRACE, the first book in the Violet Eden Chapters series, was published in 2010, followed in 2011 by ENTICED and in 2012 by EMBLAZE.

Jessica combines her writing career with juggling the demands of motherhood and her responsibilities as a co-director in the company MPS Investments Pty Ltd.

Click here to read more about Embrace, Enticed and Emblaze

FILM: The Adventures of Tintin : The Secret of the Unicorn


BOOK:
The Art of The Adventures of Tintin
Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson are teaming up to launch The Adventures of Tintin in late 2011.

The Secret of the Unicorn, the first of two films, brings to life the enormously popular books by Hergé in performance-captured, 3D form. The conceptual design and visual effects for the movie are being created by Weta, the multi Academy Award-winning company who helped create global blockbusters such as Avatar, The Lord of the Rings, District 9, King Kong, The Chronicles of Narnia and many others.

The very same Weta artists who are working on the movie will be launching The Art of The Adventures of Tintin book in October 2011.

Readers will get the inside story on how the movie progresses from the original works, through the movie design process, to the final look on the Continue reading

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