Kin Platt Message Board
Chris Platt posts on 11/7/2007 5:35:08 PM
Hi Pam, nice to hear from you. Yes, of course we can correspond directly, if we can figure out a way to do that without giving out our e-mail addresses to the general public, which would eventually swamp us both. I know because I posted mine once before and was buried within days. Hmmmm! Any ideas?
Pam posts on 11/7/2007 2:38:18 PM
My husband introduced me to Sinbad after we had kids. He dug out his old battered copy (which, being a book artist, I am rebinding). I fell in love with it immediately for many reasons - the characters are fabulous (Sheriff & Minerva Landry, Herky, Mrs. Teska, Sinbad...) and loveable. The stories are intriguing, intelligent, funny, educational (home architecture), and page-turning. May I email you privately, or do I have to post?
Chris Platt posts on 9/7/2007 9:55:35 AM
Hey NorDream, this message board is currently under investigation because it receives so many obvious ciphers, that is, coded messages such as yours. Since this message board should only be for people interested in Kin Platt and his literary works, I suggest that you and your friends get lost before you are hunted down!
Chris Platt posts on 9/6/2007 7:21:08 AM
OK, Robert, welcome, and feel free to add to your heart's content. What would you like to discuss?
Chris Platt posts on 9/3/2007 12:25:01 AM
John, John, you are repeating yourself, aren't you? Seems like, in your own incoherent, irrelevant (to this message board, that is) way, you are trying to leave some kind of message for somebody, though God only knows why you picked this message board to cover yourself. Why don't you just go away?!
Chris Platt posts on 8/31/2007 12:17:04 AM
Hi Barbara, and welcome. Good to see another fan aboard the board. Your question is a good one, and is one we've been asking ourselves. Sinbad was a tremendous -- and tremendously popular -- book when it first came out. Now, times are different. Publishers are reluctant to publish books where the author is dead -- makes it too difficult to set up a book tour, or autographing session at a bookstore. Sounds crass, but there you are.
On the other hand, filmmakers don't have that problem to deal with -- usually interest in a film centers on the stars or the director (unless you're JK Rowling), so we may end up having this happen backwards. There are, as I have noted here before, several filmmakers interested in making a theatrical feature film out of Sinbad. Perhaps if one of them can make it happen, a publisher may be more interested, because he/she would be able to ride a bit on a movie's coattails, so-to-speak. Otherwise, I'd estimate Sinbad is at least two years off if we self-publish it, although an audiobook version may come out much sooner 'cause that's a lot easier to do. Stay tuned and please keep in touch.
Chris Platt posts on 8/30/2007 1:59:52 PM
Hi Sue, and welcome. Glad to hear you're such a fan. You are exactly the kind of person we are counting on to help us revive my father's work for a new generation. We are the ones who remember his books from when we were kids, and have found copies to read to our own children. Please keep tuned in so you can read of any new developments, or -- even better -- contribute your ideas on how to make this all happen!
Chris Platt posts on 8/28/2007 2:54:28 PM
Hi, Lois, and Welcome! No, we don't yet have a mailing list (and I'm unsure how you could give me your e-mail/address on this board without EVERYBODY getting it, anyway), so best to just keep watching this board for announcements. You can also keep updated by looking up Kin Platt on the Three Investigators site. We keep those folks updated, too. Funny about The Boy Who Could make Himself Disappear. A great book, but it made a lousy movie, called Baxter, even though it starred the great Patricia Neal in a beefed-up part. I had always thought it was the fault of the screenwriter until I myself commissioned a young writer to do a new screenplay of the book. It was just awful, so we'll probably just try to get it republished in book form from here on in.
Lois Greene posts on 8/28/2007 2:18:12 PM
What an unexpected pleasure to find you here, Chris. I would love to be on a mailing list if you have one, letting people know which books have been reissued or are about to be. The Boy Who Could Make Himself Disappear was my introduction to your Dad's work. Thank you for making these works available to new generations of readers.
Chris Platt posts on 8/27/2007 2:42:44 PM
Yes, Scholastic was among the first places we turned, but they were not interested in resurrecting a 40-year old title. As I wrote here earlier a couple of weeks ago, we've just signed with Farrar Straus & Giroux to publish one of my father's unpublished works, a historical novel called A Puzzle for Thoreau. That's due out in about a year. depending on how it does, FSG may pick up The Blue Man, which was the Steve-but-no-Sinbad "prequel" to Sinbad and Me. If it does, maybe they'll go for the whole trilogy. In the meantime, two movie production companies have expressed interest in making a feature film out of Sinbad. Let's keep our fingers crossed. Thanks for writing in.
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