As of late, news of Eric S. Brown’s modern cult classic, Bigfoot War was recently optioned by Origin Releasing. News of which exploded across the internet and with production beginning in the middle of August, ESB took the time to answer a couple of questions and give a little insight to back story about the making of the modern tale of ‘man vs. bigfooted beasts’
Bigfoot War is a doozy, held in high regard by fans and critics as a modern cult classic, and along the way it even garnered a face book petition to see it made into a movie. Did you ever think the day would come when it would reach the level of popularity it has?
I had hoped so, I wrote the first Bigfoot War to be a movie or at least to feel like a movie as you read it. I am extremely grateful to all those who have supported the book and made it into the hit it has been.
When the time came and the story was optioned, were you at all surprised?
I was totally stunned. . .then it sent two years waiting for the green light. I was beginning to think it would never get the go ahead but out of the blue it did. I got my contact and pay for the rights so fast it was unreal once things started rolling.
With the script already written and production beginning soon, you must’ve been keeping this under wraps for some time. For someone with an exceptionally large presence on face book, has it been hard to keep it hush-hush?
I had known it may happen for a long time and had hinted that it might in interviews and such. Once it all took off and became REAL, you have no idea how hard it was not to go screaming to the world until the studio did their press release and told me I could.
From the prospective of a fan, how far does the screenplay vary from the source material or does it stay relatively true to form?
I really can’t say much about that. I didn’t write the script. However, I know the folks involved in terms of the director and screenwriter, so I think we can count on the movie being awesome and respectful to the book. I know the studio is interested in carrying on with the series, if this first outing proves successful.
You had another story of yours recently optioned, anything new with that?
A small group called Great Lake Artists are adapting my short story “Loose” into a short film. As far as I know, production is done on that and they are in post-production. I believe their plan is to show it at the festivals and such.
What initially inspired you to tackle the subject of Bigfoot?
After writing zombies for almost eight years, I really wanted a new monster but I also wanted to continue writing survival horror stuff. Growing up in the rural south, I was terrified of Sasquatch and I remembered my childhood nightmares about him. I pitched the idea of a “sasquatch apocalypse” to Coscom Entertainment and given that my other books through them had moved well, they decided to give it a shot. The rest is history.
BFW has gone on to include a handful of books and a slew of short stories, did you envision it as a single book or sit down and look at the story from a broad perspective from the get-go?
I wrote the first book mainly for me. I never intended for it to be a series as I was writing the first book but the second it was done, I knew I had to write another. Now there are the core three boos, Bigfoot IV which is a prequel and explains the origin of the zombies in the series, Bigfoot War: Frontier which is a western Bigfoot horror tale set in the same world, Bigfoot War: Outbreak which is a direct expansion to Bigfoot War II and features some of the same characters from that book, and the new Planet Sasquatch arc. Bigfoot War V: Planet Sasquatch and Planet Sasquatch: Retaliation are both set in the universe of my Military SF novel Homeworld with Tony Faville. They reboot the series in a Military SF kind of way. Sort of like “Aliens” with Sasquatch. There are also two stand alone tales Night of the Beasts and Rain that are available on Kindle. In addition, there are several Bigfoot War tales that have appeared in horror themed anthologies like Monster Mash, Morpheous Tales: 13, and Sword and Zombie. The one is Sword and Zombie was the most fun of these shorts to write for me as it a Bigfoot War set in the Dark Ages with swords and knights but the one in “13” is the one most folks send fanmail about as it is set in the Civil War with Sasquatch killing Blues and Grays alike. And even with all that, there is also Bigfoot War: The End. It too is a stand alone book in which the series finally concludes and the war is over.
What’s the future hold for the Bigfoot War universe?
I am not really sure at this point. I want to go back and redo the first book as a new edition someday and expand it, but who knows? I am also considering a third and final book in the Planet Sasquatch arc but again, at this point, I just don’t really know where I want to go next yet.
As a comic book fan, you also script a series as well. How did that come about and would you ever consider a Bigfoot War series later down the line?
I would LOVE to see a comic book series based on Bigfoot War. In fact, there has already been a one shot comic parody of the series created with my blessing from a fan. You can find it on Amazon. As to me writing comics, I am a lifelong comic book fan. Writing for DC someday is a dream of mine. However, this past December I was hired by Unstoppable Comics to script their StormChasers and Origins series. I am currently waiting on Unstoppable Origins # 3 to be released as it will be the first of my scripts to see print.
Thank you for your time and in closing, is there anything you’d like to add?
If you have enjoyed the Bigfoot War series, you may also want to check out the Crypto-Squad series from myself and Jason Brannon. It’s a blend of comic style cryptid heroes and end of the world horror. Thank you for the interview.