When I was in the 7th grade, in Mr. Slavik's (Mista Slavik's) English class, we read the Tripod trilogy. Ever since, I've harbored a secret (and previously unrevealed) desire to direct a movie version of each of the three books. It looks like someone beat me to it: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0447711/
In some ways, this makes me sad; the odds aren't real good that I'll be tapped to direct. Especially since they've already named a director.
But in some ways, this makes me really excited. In just two years these books should come to life on the big screen. I love good Sci-Fi movies, and if the books are any indication, the film should be terrific. I have to wonder if they will cram all 3 books into the one film, or if they're looking at a derivative work, or if they're planning long term, but taking it slowly, just developing the first story? I guess time will tell.
Anyways, for some reason the Tripod books popped into my head this evening, and got me thinking about all manner of old memories - particularly from that 7th grade English class. I decided that I wanted to try to find my old teacher (who would still be really young actually - he was in his first year of teaching when I had him). Unfortunately I couldn't find any listing of him at my old school, or anywhere in the district. Does anyone know what happened to Mr. Slavik?
Asking that question, strangely, makes me remember another book which I haven't thought about in a long time: Miss Nelson is Missing. Ah, these are quality memories. It's times like this I loathe being so far removed from the people I grew up with - I could really use someone to reminisce with. It really is true: the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young. Baz Luhrmann, you are a wise man. (Yes, that's a Suncreen Song reference).
Back to my question though, does anyone know what happened to Mr. Slavik? His first name was Steve, right? Would anyone be willing to help me look into this? Siblings at the middle school? Friends with parents who work at the middle school (coughKajsacough)? I'd really like to shoot Mr. Slavik an e-mail, or a phone call, or something. He had more influence over me than any other teacher I've ever had, and I'd like to see how he's doing and let him know how much I appreciated him. Ok, let's find him. Mr. Slavik is missing.
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.