You may well not know this, but Alex Smith (author of the brilliant DCI Kett series) and I have written a few movie screenplays together, which are at various stages of development. We’re also – God help us – working on an idea with DCI Grimm author, David J. Gatward. More on that later.
Alex and I are always bouncing ideas around for new projects, and yesterday I mentioned an idea for a movie called ‘MIDGES’ in which an attempt by scientists to rid the Highlands of Scotland of the dreaded midge purge results in the accidental creation of a near indestructible species of ‘ubermidge’ that can strip the flesh from a grown man’s skeleton in seconds.
It was said as a bit of a joke, but during a break from writing, I put together a poster for the movie using the AI art software, MidJourney. this is what it looked like.
I shared it on my social media, and was amazed by the response from readers who didn’t just get the joke, but wanted to know how and when they’d be able to watch the finished production!
A couple of people suggested that Hoon should be one of the characters. I liked that idea and so, after I’d hit my word count for the day on the book I’m currently working on, I wrote the following short snippet from a scene.
I shared the above on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and people went crazy for it. It not almost feels like it would be rude not to make a horror movie in which disgraced former detective superintendent, Bob Hoon, must save the world from a swarm of genetically engineered killer midges.
So, if anyone wants to spot me a few million quid to get production underway, I’d very much appreciate it. You can even be in the film, being eaten alive while Bob and Berta Hoon watch helplessly (and largely disinterestedly) on.
Last night, before I went to bed, I mucked around with MidJourney again to create some stills from the film. I have no idea who any of these characters are, but I don’t have high hopes for their survival.