When : 07/20/2014 at 2 pm (Los Angeles)
Where : SL-15 chat
With Steven Long Mitchell, because " We decided I would do this chat on my own - and he [Craig Van Sickle] would do the next all by himself as well".
- the french site is nearly good to go, when french book was ready;
- novel #3 will be personal journeys for SYd, MP and Jarod;
- the title of another novel will be Patterns;
- the parents of Faith will be explore in the upcoming books - or perhaps on the website ;
- Jarod has a bigger plan for the take down of Mr. Lyle ;
- the 7th person Mr. Lee wanted to interview will be revealed in an upcoming Novel;
- the eight red files will be revealed in an upcoming novel;
- The end of the The Pretender is still the same which was intended for the TV series;
- the first Miss Parker novel will name Shattered Doll.
Official French site
Muhammed : [...] when the french release of the first book will be?
SLM : as for the French release – well – I’m told it is 99% done. We just need a title.
Vicky: When will that be, Steve? (About the French site?)
SLM : the french site is nearly good to go - but we have been waiting to launch until we knew for sure the book was ready. It will all be soon (he said with his fingers crossed)
|The Pretender lives ...|
Ruben: How do you feel that you communicated with the fans up until the point before Rebirth was announced?
SLM : I guess the truth is that before we announced we were bring The Pretender back we had no idea the fan base was still as active as it was. That is of course because of the passion exhibited by websites around the world for both the show and specific stars. So to answer your question, as I understand it, I’d say we did a piss poor job before we realized everyone was out there still. Since we announced and during the past year (yes it has only been just over a year) I think we are learning more and more bout how to connect with the fans via social media and we hope we are doing a much better job. Your passion, and the passion we have been receiving over the last 14 months has been humbling and we are doing are best to return the love we feel. We encourage you and all the other fans to tell us how do you think we are doing? And how can we do better?
Ruben: Was it a difficult decision to opt for a reboot instead of a continuation of the series?
SLM : Great question. The answer is yes and no. As we watched new generations of fans come into The Pretender fandom – having been exposed through the videos and other services ala Netflix and Hulu we realized the story was timeless – yet we still wanted to update it from a technology stand point and make it feel more relvant in the ever changing world we live in. That being said we also wanted to fulfill the obligation to the original fans to answer the unanswered questions that are out there. We began that in Saving Luke and will continue to answer a major question in each of the succeeding novels.
Ruben: Can you understand that some fans, who were dedicated to the storyline of the TV series and having waited for 12 years to see final closure to that particular storyline, found this aspect to be a disappointment?
SLM : Of course. But we didn’t want to just write one novel that answered all those questions and ended the story. We wanted to rekindle the passion people had as well as offer that passion to new fans joining the Pretender journey, one that we plan to continue long into the future.
Ruben: You have said you could have “just” written an encyclopedia of answers to end the TV series, but I also believe you have claimed to have had material to continue the series for quite a while. Couldn’t rebirth have continued from the series and still be expanded to cover many novels?
SLM : Yes – but it would have done so at the exclusion of any new fans joining in as they would have to have watched the series to know what was going on.
Ruben: You have said that with the reboot wanted to reach a new audience in addition to the old. It seems however that most of the current audience are those who are familiar with the TV series. If it reaches a new audience, and when they watch the series after reading the books, isn’t it a very possibility that they will react negatively to the continuity breach between rebirth and the series?
SLM : I guess anything is possible. But as of now the new fans seem to be as or more taken with the current story as the old. And for those who have been inspired to go back to the series we have not gotten any negative response - - but then again you never know. The truth is in both Television and Novels you can’t please everyone and while we would never try to purposefully offend anyone we know that some people will not see within the reboot what they were hoping for.
Ruben: You recently referred to The Pretender as a franchise in an interview. What do you put in the concept of a franchise for The Pretender?
SLM : While not getting too deep in the weeds of ‘business’, The Pretender is a franchise or a brand in the sense it is a known quantity for fans in the market place. In the world we live in Craig and I understand that we can tell the story of The Pretender in many forms for different demographics. Our focus now is in novels and graphic novels (which is a much slower process than we ever anticipated) and we are already developing the ways to bring the mythology to tv and film.
Muhammed: for the tv show if it will be possible to have it, will be the same characters or brand new or some of old characters will be too?
SLM : We have some really interesting thoughts on how to do this so everyone old and new can be happy. [...] As mentioned above we will only reveal things that make the future material more intriguing. We will see new characters that come into play in later TP novels – and we may also catch glimpses of old friends in the past in ways you never imagined.
Ruben: You have said that if the Pretender ever came back to the screen, you would like to see the original cast back. How will this be possible when you take the timeline change of the novels and the age of the actors into account? I know it’s early to talk about, but the actors were so instrumental in making the Pretender what is was, so it’s a huge question. It will be difficult for many, many fans to accept a new cast.
SLM : We have secret mad scientist plans on how to accomplish this – so stay tuned. Thanks for all the great questions, Ruben, you know how to keep me on my toes. [...] Just wait. We have this one project we are doing - non pretender related. Big mystery. And our plan is to make sure all those fans who come to it get the distinct impression that the answers they need for that can only be found in the pretender universe.
AF: Are the rumors true? Do we really get to have The Pretender again? Shoot straight . . . same cast?
SLM : shooting straight – we are in discussions about this and how it would could be accomplished. No major announcements to make but it is in the Zeitgeist (=a fancy way of saying what people are thinking about - the common consciousness -).
BRAD : What would you guys think of a total tv reboot? As in, same initial premise but completely new cast, characters and storylines.
SLM : [...] That's a tough question and one we have been actively thinking about for some time. On the one hand, we’d love to rebot the entire series and premise for a whole new generation while also servicing the wants and needs of the long time loyal fans. Sort of like we are doing with the novels. On the other hand we’re also exploring the idea of a reimagining of the mythology that would allow for the series to be reinvented in a way that would allow for us to use some of the original cast (and storylines to bring to conclusion) and at the same time spin out an entirely new epic adventure to get caught up in. Again, something to engage and satisfy the original loyal fans while beginning anew a brand new journey. [...]
- ... in animated series ? -
SLM : The idea of an animated series is intriguing. Craig and I will talk about that and explore those possibilities. [...]
- ... in musical play ? -
Bridget UK: Ever thought of "The Pretender: The Musical" ? I'd love to see that!
SLM : Craig has been talking about a play for years. [...]
- novels -
JG: Some readers complained that Rebirth had a similar setting to the pilot episode. Saving Luke was as fresh and original as it could get. Will the next novel be based on any previously explored setting or will it be all brand new?
SLM: Great question [...]. The new novel(s) will be brand new – while answering questions from the past in fun and unexpected ways. Rebirth was old and new by design. We wanted the original fans to realize we were being true to the original while also evolving into something. Is that better?
JG: Will the next book be a two-parter like Rebirth and Saving Luke?
SLM : We are not planning it to be two-parter but a stand alone story.
jarodsafehouse71: [...] do you have a concept for the third Pretender novel, and if so, are you at liberty to give us a little clue as to what we can expect?
SLM : We are working on the story for #3 and #4. #3 will be personal journeys for SYd, MP and Jarod. 4 is a secret. [...] and that is not to mention the first young Miss P novel and the Patterns novels as well.
Frenchick10: Will there be other translation of Rebirth?
SLM : I haven't forgotten about the Italian - I owe an email about that.
- spin offs novels -
Ruben: Is it wise to focus on spin off novels given the current state of The Pretender?
SLM : I’m not sure I understand this question but I hope so! The young Miss Parker novels will give a glimpse into her life during some of her formative years – and it will work for fans of wither the show or the series. The other novel could easily stand alone but is a story we have long wanted to tell that we think the fans of TP will love. Only the future will tell.
Ruben: Is it, concerning the spin off novels, important that all aspects about certain characters or the Centre are revealed? Given the secretive nature of the Centre and its shady characters, shouldn’t certain things be left to the imagination? If everything is revealed, I fear that revealing important Centre secrets will become something that’s predictable; it won’t be shocking or surprising.
SLM : We agree completely with that. Our plan is to keep true to everything about The Pretender that made it and all of it’s characters what they were. You know us, for every revelation there will be questions and new intrigue that will dove tail into what we know in a way to make it all that much more fascinating. [...] The fun of the spin offs is they give us looks into different parts of the pretender universe. And into the lives of different people within them. Even Patterns has a unique tie that makes it story from the PU. [...] right now there are the two [...] and then there is another we have in mind that is a crossroads for different ppl from all the PU to travel through. [...]
- Graphic novels -
Frenchick10: [...] when do you think the first one will come out? Before #♦3 and #4?
SLM : Graphic novels: What a pain in my $%^! Actually they take for ever. We are currently working with several big companies to see if we can cut a deal for them to run with the Graphic Novel's. That way we can spend our time on the novels [...] and the features [...] and the tv stuff (that I'm not really saying anything about right now) [...] No spoilers. Just yet. I will tell you that we are having a few preliminary discussions about how we would do a feature.
SLM : Illustrations - for the characters in the novels - to go on the website - interested?
DelphineR: [...] Who were the parents of Faith? Had they a link with the Centre? Maybe Daddy Parker had adopted Faith cause he felt guilty about something
SLM : Good question [...] That may be something to explore in the upcoming books - or perhaps on the website as we answer questions that have long be asked about.
Bridget UK: Apologies for a very simple question -- but I've always been curious about why "The Centre" is spelt the British way, not the US spelling .. any reason?
SLM : We used the European spelling for Centre because the Centre is world wide - and we wanted our show to be global.
Miss Rym: are there any TP bloopers?
SLM : I wish I could say yes - but they're really weren't that many - or at least none that got to us int he editing room to save [...] in the second episode MTW was talking to the lady chopper pilot and the two of them couldn't get a line out. I wish we'd saved that film But I don't think we did.
PHOTOCHIPPIE: How is it that the former head of SIS only had a chain link lock on her door?
SLM : She had tons of perimeter security – and a Smith and Wesson.
PHOTOCHIPPIE: Who was the 7th person Mr. Lee wanted to interview? (1. Blind woman; 2. Elvis; 3. Susan Granger; 4. Kid; 5. Dr from 'Back From The Dead Again'; 6. Mr. Lyle)
SLM : #7 will be revealed in an upcoming Novel. So you will have to wait. I love when the answers are easy.
PHOTOCHIPPIE: Who are Baby Parker's real parents (Bridget was unable to have children and Mr. Parker was sterile) and what ever happened to him?
SLM : Check out the G.I.F.T. section of this website, there Rym, an incredibly talented writer from France is in the process of writing a special story for us about Baby Parker. Follow along and she will answer many of these pressing questions. [...] soon we will be doing these chats with you [Rym].
PHOTOCHIPPIE : Why does The Centre really want Jarod back?
SLM : Don't you want Jarod back? He is the key to all things Pretender afterall.
PHOTOCHIPPIE: Who are the eight red files? (1. Jarod; 2. Angelo; 3. Miss Parker; 4. Mr. Lyle; 5. Alex; 6. Damian; 7. Eddie...)
SLM : #8 will also be revealed in an upcoming novel.
Mary Palma: An ancient prophecy announcing his arrival .. Is His blood human? where his DNA came from?
SLM : I hope so Mary.
PHOTOCHIPPIE: What is the significance of the number 8? (8 Red Files; 8 crypts on Carthis; upright infinity...)
SLM : There are many pieces to the puzzles within The Pretender Universe solving the #8 riddle will help you solve the rest.
Bridget UK: [...] why were there no kilts in Isle of the Haunted? Shame on you for excluding them!
SLM : if it makes you feel better Im wearing one now.
Rym: have you ever think about a spin off with Gemini ?
SLM : Lots of thoughts on Gemini.
JANE: I have got a question. Why do you want to bring the story of the Pretender into the present day so much? Why don’t you want to leave it in the 90s? no-one makes films about Napoleon or Gagarin living in 2014 – this might come across as a comedy or utter nonsense. I’d rather you leave Jarod in the original timeline. I don’t want to say that his story is old-fashioned, but today it is much easier to track him down: we have the Internet, migration traffic systems, other new technologies – it’s a small world after all! And originally it was such a beautiful tale, just a wonderful fairytale! It helped so many people in real life!
SLM: That’s a lot to tackle in one answer but I’ll give it a go. While Napoleon and Gagarin may not fit in our modern world we felt Jarod who was so brilliant would fit in just perfectly. We look at the technology of the modern world as a challenge for Jarod but one that his genius mind can certainly turn to his advantage. Don't forget while the Centre may have more tools to track Jarod with – he also has those tools to use against them and against those who would thwart his other efforts.
Ruben: The final ending you have in store for the Pretender, is that the same ending that was intended for the TV series or is it a new ending for the novels?
SLM : the same.
Rym: Everytime Jarods meets someone who met one of his parents, this person says "he/she was looking for his/her son Jarod"... But never Kyle. Why is that?
SLM : [...] it's because Craig wrote those scenes and he drinks a lot.
SLM : Running a tv show is like running a circus.
Vicky: Is there a link between Carthis and Rennes-le-Château, in France?
SLM : there is at least a thematic one
- TV Movies -
Q9: Why did The Pretender 2000 and Isle of the Haunted ASK more questions then they answered?
SLM : Because we were told before we did them we would be doing at least 5 more movies in which we could answer everything. Then along came 9/11 and well you know the rest. [...]
- DVD -
Muhammed: will the dvd be remastered as bluray version?
SLM : truth is I don't know. That is a 20th Century Fox question. However _ I think as the resurgence of the pretender fandom continues to grow that they will be incentivized to do just that.
G: When will we start seeing glimpses of new (or old) characters on Facebook like we did with O’Quinn, Dara and Kaj?
SLM : The other novels coming, Shattered Doll: about the 20ish Miss Parker, and Patterns: about a unique detective who hunts down serial killers in an even more unique way, will be coming out before the next Pretender novels. So as for glimpses of new (and old) characters – you will begin seeing those as we begin to roll out the new novels. And BTW we will be putting those out mainly through the website – but will notify everyone through Facebook.
KATE: Why do Miss P, Sydney and Daphne, knowing what they know about the Centre, still work there?
SLM : Miss Parker wears emotional blinders that were fashioned and fitted by her father’s actions as she grew up. Sydney is torn. He has had his head in the sand for so long regarding Jarod that he has been in a whirlwind of denial most of his life. AT the point in the story where Jarod leaves he is further torn and driven by guilt, hope, and the misguided thought that being inside the Centre may be the best way for him to protect Jarod and to survive. Daphne is a mystery. She knows much more than she lets on and has long term plans for her place within the Centre and in the lives of many of her associates – especially Miss Parker. [...]
- Jarod -
G: For now Jarod is all about making amends by helping the little guy. Have you figured out when will he decide it’s time to turn the table?
SLM: We have plans that we think will make everyone smile regarding this issue coming in a future story.[...]
Nick: [...] I got the unsettling impression from the show that Jarod allowed Mr Lyle to murder repeatedly. Why didn't Jarod put a stop to him?
SLM : It’s never been said that Jarod could control the actions of others, but rest assure, Jarod has a bigger plan for the take down of Mr. Lyle that will save many more lives.
Mary Palma: maybe you could give me another WHO IS REALLY JAROD? A Messiah?
SLM : Messiah - thats a different show we are working on.
Andea asked : How came the idea of calling the main role Jarod?
SLM : Jarod's name just was the name that popped into our heads when we started talking. [...]
- Miss Parker -
KATE: Will we see moments when Miss Parker outsmarts Jarod?
SLM : [...]in Saving Luke [...] It is fun to have her active and in the novels it is much easier to do. We have plans to see her much more involved and out in the field as The Pretender Novels continue and she is a driving force you will just love in Shattered Doll and the other Young Miss Parker Novels.
KATE: Has Miss P ever killed anyone on a Centre mission?
SLM : Good question and one that you will gain much more insight into when the first Miss Parker novel Shattered Doll comes out.
Skye: Will miss parker ever find peace and happiness? Is it possible for someone who has had a sad and painful past childhood [...] to ever get past that and live a peaceful future?
SLM : I hope so. I think that there is a place of peace for everyone - for some it is more challenging than others to reach.
Ruben: What role did nepotism play in mP's rise in the Centre ranks?
SLM : I will not spoil Shattered Doll but we deal with that very question in there. Lets just say it was both a blessing and a curse. [...]
- Mr Raines -
Skye: Does mr raines come back in another book?
SLM : what would the Centre be without the man with his pet oxygen tank? [...]
- Catherine Parker -
PHOTOCHIPPIE: How did Mrs. Parker and Jarod's mother know each other?
SLM : Well if we told you that you’d know all the answers – including why #8 is so important.
jarodsafehouse71: there was mention a while back of a Catherine's Recipes section. Is this still in the works and when can we expect this to be available?
SLM : yes it is - and all of the recipes we post will be in it.
Mary Palma: Jarod in crossover with The Profiler was very hot! Where was his shyness?
SLM : Well when you meet the star(s) from the Profiler your shyness goes right out the window.
Vicky: any chance for MTW and Andrea Parker joining the chat one day?
SLM : I will ask them Vicky.
Lisa K : Question about the actors - who was the silliest one on set between takes, and who was the most serious?
SLM : Silliest was probably Jon G who was always fun (or Richard Marcus - who is nothing like Mr. R). Most serious - that's a tough one. AP was always amazingly prepared. Patrick - was often on a slightly different rhythm. MTW had his own method which was very focused.
Lisa K: what character's actor did you have the most fun tormenting throughout the series?
SLM : Most of the funny things that happened were when the actors were serious and we weren't. [...]
- Michael T. Weiss -
Lisa P : My burning question has to do with Michael (of course) and the tattoos, and being so clean shaven. I have always wondered how he got that way for that episode.
SLM : we paid him a lot of money to do it! Actually it was a time consuming process – he had to come in hours early and have the tats reapplied every day of the shoot – but we all thought they turned out great and I loved the imagery of him staring at them in the mirror.
Bridget UK: Steve, I remember reading somewhere that Michael complained about Jarod "not getting enough nookie" ... was this the reason you had him and Skylar hook-up in Saving Luke?
SLM : Nookie - or the lack there of - was just one of the many things Michael complained about
Mary: what do Michael and Andrea think,about the books? have found their characters?
SLM : Michael has weighed in and is very favorable. We are going to have lunch with both he and Andra as soon as he is back in town and I will report back.
SLM : MTW had a way of 'not reading the scripts', so we one day got a call about an episode where he was thrilled with the guest star, and he suggested we expand the story to give hims romance with her. Of course we had already shot 6 days of the episode and all of their other scenes together - but MTW had no idea. [...] I know Jonny G mentioned this in his interviews but Patrick would sometime - right before the camera would roll. He would lean over to Jon and ask what the scene they wed shooting was about? [...]
- Jon Gries -
Miss Bougainvillea: will we see more videos with answers from Jon Gries?
SLM : Yes you will Miss B. Including yours and Nathalie's. [...] and a few other select ones;
|The creators :|
SLM : we also have a couple TV projects in the works that we will announce as soon as they are really real.
Ruben: How can we know for sure, after all these years, that you are a 100% dedicated to go all the way and finish The Pretender at some point?
SLM : All I can say is we are committed to doing this – The Pretender is our most passionate project and something we see as our life’s work.
Ruben: What if you get involved in other projects during this and things gets postponed, neglected or the quality of the output is affected?
SLM : Then shame on us. The reality is we will be doing other projects – but I focus is to insure that which ever projects we decide to take on besides TP – have to fill one condition for us – that fans of that/those projects will be fans that will come to TP and enhance the TP fandom for years to come. [...]
- SDCC -
Anne: Will you be making an appearance at SDCC next week?
SLM : we don't have plans to attend SDCC this year but think we will be there next for more than one reason. [...]
- Tin Man -
Carl: Recently there have been a lot of remakes of children stories and comics that have appealed even to adults. I think one of the most novel of those remakes has beenTINMAN. (I feel it even rivals remakes such as SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN.)
SLM : TINMAN was one of the first out of the box and sort of lead the way.
CARL: From a writers perspective, I was wondering about the time period it took between concept and final shoot?
SLM : Tinman took 2-3 years.
CARL: How did the Tinman story evolved?
SLM : The idea was originally one that came up when Craig tossed out the ‘crazy idea’ to do a show about a cop in OZ. We tossed it around for a while and come up with the three short scenes we thought would be a cool opening for the series. Overall we thought it was so out there that no one would ever do that series and the concept sat in our idea files for years – but every once in a while we would talk about it. Then one day after a disastrous pitch at Syfy, they said to us “there must be something you guys have always wanted to do that you thought no one would ever do…” And we looked at each other and pitched those three short scenes about a cop in OZ and all of a sudden we were doing a miniseries – that had nothing to do with the original concept.
CARL: It's downtime periods if any production setbacks and how you guys felt about its production in general (such as your original creative concepts making it as-is on screen, etc..) and if there were plans originally to produce this show as a series over a period of several seasons?
SLM : s mentioned above it was originally conceived as a tv series – and we have actually written the 2 hour pilot script but because of a bankruptcy by the original production company we fear Tinman the series will never see the tv screen.
CARL: I think TINMAN would also make a nice book for both kids and adults, if one were ever produced.
SLM : we agree. But alas that is tied up in the bankruptcy as well. Maybe in the future though. Since the right to The Pretender came back to us we will never say never to Tinman – you just never know.
Vicky: Since you're talking about Tinman, did you know that in France, many many scenes were cut?
SLM : I did not know that. I hope they were the ones craig wrote.
simtec: [...]TINMAN definitely had the potential to run many seasons
SLM : Tinman still does.
SLM : if you haven't checked out The G.I.F.T. please do. There are tons of things coming and lots of ways to have fun. [...]
Vania : You can submit your friendship stories here : www.thepretenderlives.com/forums/topic/thousand-friendships
Date : 20 juillet 2014
Horaires : vers 23h en France (14h à Los Angeles)
Lieu : SL15 chat
Avec Steven Long Mitchell
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