Jim Butcher Approves of New Dresden Files Movie

Author Jim Butcher has praised the Sci-Fi Channel's adaptation of his Dresden Files series, which must be quite the relief after Ursula LeGuin's trashing of their version of her Earthsea books. The Dresden Files will be a television movie adaptation of his series about a wizard detective.

Butcher says, "I saw the clips [of the movie] and thought my jaw was going to fall off my skull. I'm very pleased with how well [screenwriters] Robert [Hewitt Wolfe] and Hans [Beimler] get the whole wizard detective concept, and I liked the movie script very much."

Butcher told Sci Fi Wire that he is in regular contact with the show's producer Robert Wolfe and says they have let him make suggestions. They have also asked for his thoughts on some things in the pilot. Butcher also says he plans to visit the set of the filming in Toronto. However, he is not likely to write any episodes if the pilot turns into a series because he wants to meet his book deadlines.

It sounds like they consulted Butcher, which was a wise move. Paul Blackthorne (24, Medium) is playing Harry Dresden, and Nicolas Cage is a producer. We'll definitely tune in to see how it turns out, because we do love the Harry Dresden series.

Posted on January 4, 2006

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