Recent Questions

I have been getting a lot of inquiries lately that fall into similar groupings so I thought I’d answer and discuss them here.

How could you let them, etc.

For all of those of you who are newly upset (or still) about the changes in the Jumper movie and want to know how on earth I could possibly allow them to happen, please read or reread my essay on the topic originally pubbed in the Tor email newsletter and reposted here.  It is titled “Misconceptions” for good reason.

What about that movie sequel?

I am told, by people who have access to the Pro version of the Internet Movie Database that there is a start date for principle photography listed for the movie Jumper II on that site.  I have not heard anything officially from the studio or my agent on this. The rights for sequels are already licensed from the original agreement so I don’t have to “give permission” but neither do they have to notify me.  At some point, if they do go ahead with a sequel, they owe me more money.

Will there be another Jumper book sequel?

While the novel I am finishing (part of which you can read at here) is not a Jumper novel, the next novel after that will be.  It will be a sequel to the two original novels (Jumper and Reflex) and will not contain elements introduced by the film version or the film tie-in Jumper: Griffin’s Story.

If you’re not writing a Jumper sequel what are you writing?

I do not know the name of my current novel even though it is nearing completion.  Maybe I should have a contest.  The above mentioned story at “Bugs In the Arroyo” is a segment out of the book and a story in the May 2009 Analog, “A Story, With Beans” is set in the same robot eaten American southwest.

Anybody have any ideas?

16 thoughts on “Recent Questions

  1. TV series would be fun if the right actor did it. Don’t want to see them highschool it up. Although book and film are YA, Character Davy is beyond his years in many ways. I would like to see a really great TV version, like Britain’s Robin Hood. Not too corny or kiddie.
    Can’t wait for the next book in the Jumper series, and I’m an old lady, still love the character.

  2. A TV series is a fine idea, but why be tied down to the book?

    The movie is not about the Davy in the book, but the Davy from the book could be in lots of different situations as he learns about jumping. He doesn’t need to be chased by an entire secret organization to create sufficient tension for good television. His own internal conflict about the bank job goes a long way in the book and could be worked into season 2.

  3. Hey, I have just been thinking that it would have been nicer of Jumper was made as a TV series, and not a film itself.
    I liked the film, a lot but the book is way better and could have been PERFECT as a television series. So there would have to be a lot of voice overs for thinking scenes, so what? I still think that this would have been better off as a TV series. I mean, an episode or two for every chapter, making it about 25 episodes or something. Also, Jumper, Reflex, and that other book you are soon to write would make 3 seasons total I suppose. I would’ve loved to have a tv show that lasted an hour every episode too of course.

    Also, I have a question, Steven Ghould, because of there being multiple jumpers in the film getting the ability alone without help, (I mean like David got the ability and not the way Millie did.) would that also mean Fox has those rights of there being more then one jumper? Can you not make another jumper in your next Jumper book?

    These questions have been in my mind for quite a while now.

  4. I got the audiobook of Reflex from some time ago and loved it. I’ve since bought the paperbacks of Jumper (when I eventually realised that it existed!) and Reflex and I’m looking forward to the next installment immensely. Reflex doesn’t seem to be available in audio form any more. Is there any likelyhood that Jumper will be made into an audiobook? (The original, not Griffin’s Story, which is already.)

  5. Longtime “Jumper” fan — recommended the book to at least a dozen people in my life and have had to buy the book about that many times when my lent copy was not returned. πŸ™‚

    Found your site last year when the Jumper movie was about to be released. I thought it was “interesting”, am very glad it made the author some money, but it was not one of my favorite movies of all time — whereas the book is one of my favorite books of all time.

    However, I had never read “Reflex” and when I learned of its existence, even used copies of the book were being sold for their weight in gold. Pricing was ridiculous (like $35 for a used paperback?). BUT, with Jumper movie coming out, new editions of both books were published, which made the book available without scalper pricing.

    I enjoyed “Reflex” immensely. I really got into the plot, I could visualize every location and situation. I couldn’t wait to finish it — but I also couldn’t stand to finish it because then it would be over. So, I would go back and re-read key pages while also marching for the end.

    The climax where they flush the villain out was so original. LOVED IT. (it’s not really a spoiler, I didn’t say how it ended)

    So, very good news then that a 3rd is in mind, even if not immediately in the works. Please stay true to the book universe and don’t be corrupted by the movie version. πŸ™‚

  6. To Paul: After the movie came out the original Jumper book hit the New York Times bestseller list. So yeah, he sold a lot more books.

  7. Time flies. I have not visited your site in a year. Glad to hear you have something new coming and I don’t care whether it is a sequel.

  8. Yes! Another Jumper novel! Brilliant. I am very much looking forward to it, especially after reading the Shade short story.

    For the title, the best that I can think of is something like “Shades of Technology” or perhaps “Metal Eaters” or “Metal Swarms.” The boyfriend suggests “End of the Metal Age.”

    Finally, Conquistadors is not nearly as good. The politics of the Familes are abhorrent, and even if you can look past that I think there are problems with the central love story that make it . . . well, squicky.

    I’d love a new WILDSIDE book, too. Did u sell a lot more books after the movie JUMPER?

  10. Well I am definitely excited for the next “Yumper” too. From the description of that other book, it seems the main concept of his book is curiously similar to that of Wildside. Anyways, I can’t wait for any books you write in the future and if I get my way, another Wildside book.

  11. Jumper 2 on IMDB has been updated. They have added the first cast member. Hayden Christensen as David Rice. Hayden’s listing also has Jumper 2 listed under his “Projects in Development”. Still listed as “In Development: Optioned Property”.

  12. Sorry. Without knowing what the message of your story is or what the plot is, the best I could come up with is “Two Steps Back”

  13. Are you ever going to make a sequel to Wildside? It is a great book and I know I’m not the only one that would love a sequel.

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