Producers’ Message

Producers’ Message

The Stories Behind the Story

FROM BOOK TO BOX OFFICE…

BLUE SERAPH Productions’ third feature film is also our first adaptation. “Something Like Summer,” the novel by Jay Bell, is itself something of a phenomenon. Independently published, the book resonated with readers all over the world, who spread the word to others, turning it into a full-fledged social media sensation.

The book garnered widespread praise from readers on Amazon.com (rated 4.6 stars out of 5), Apple’s iBookstore (4.5 stars) and the online literary community of Goodreads (4.2 stars). Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr — all have proven themselves as platforms for readers of all ages to share their heartbreak, joy, nostalgia and inspiration from Jay Bell’s story of true love discovered, sundered, rediscovered, torn and delicately re-knit.

This is the right creative team for a ‘Something Like Summer’ movie. Ben, Tim and Jace are in very safe hands, and I can’t wait to see them on the big screen.

Jay Bell, Author

AMAZON NAMED the novel to its list of Best Books of 2011. In 2012, the Lambda Literary Foundation named it as one of its finalists for Best Romance Novel. In 2013, the book’s author, Jay Bell, won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Romance for his follow-up novel, “Kamikaze Boys.” His recently released prequels (and “side-quels”), “Something Like Winter” and “Something Like Autumn” have gone on to win their own acclaim and bring new fans to the stories of Ben, Tim and Jace. The fourth book in the series, “Something Like Spring,” was released in January 2014, followed by two books in Jay Bell’s new ‘Storms’ series.

Those same readers have welcomed the news that the creators of the acclaimed fantasy-drama, Judas Kiss, are bringing Something Like Summer to the screen. Author Jay Bell himself said, “I was blown away after seeing Judas Kiss. My heart was pounding when I left the theater and I knew that this was the right creative team for a ‘Something Like Summer’ movie. Ben, Tim and Jace are in very safe hands, and I can’t wait to see them on the big screen.”

AS FILMMAKERS, we’re thrilled by the opportunity to capture and bring to life the essence of Jay Bell’s novel, as well as to explore on screen its sights and sounds in ways at which a book can only hint. The notion that an independent author and independent filmmakers could rally support for their projects without the backing of traditional publishers or studios even caught the attention of the Huffington Post in an article about Something Like Summer titled, “A Book and its Film Version – Made Possible by Readers and Viewers.”

Certainly, the story’s themes of bullying, betrayal and “it gets better” tap into the memories and current experiences of a broad and diverse audience, and are a large part of the reason we want to turn it into a film. Ben, Tim, Jace, Allison, Bryce, Aaron, the Bentleys are all people we know — our friends, our enemies, our neighbors, our families, our lovers. This movie offers us all a chance to make peace with our pasts and possibly find our own true loves.

Carlos Pedraza, Writer & Producer
J.T. Tepnapa, Director
Tom Ly, Producer
Hunter Arnold, Producer
Christopher Toyne, Producer
Susan Funk, Co-Producer

jay_bell_author_picAbout Jay Bell’s ‘Seasons’ Books

Jay Bell’s “Something Like Summer” and its sequels (Winter, Autumn, Spring and the recently released Lightning) have clearly touched a chord with readers. In Goodreads’ recent Members’ Choice Awards, Autumn won Favorite All-Time Romance, Best Book of the Year, Best Tear-Jerker, Best Long Story, Best Contemporary Novel and Best Young Adult Novel.

Learn more about author Jay Bell and his “Seasons” and “Storms” series, as well as his other award-winning work. Jay and his husband, Andreas (who did the cover art for the “Seasons” novels), live in Germany.

The first of Jay Bell's book series about Ben, Tim and Jace, it is being adapted for the screen with production slated for mid-2014.
SUMMER The first of Jay Bell’s book series about Ben, Tim and Jace, it is being adapted for the screen in mid-2015. BUY»
The second of the series, this novel explores Ben's and Tim's relationship from Tim's perspective.
WINTER The second of the series, this novel explores Ben’s and Tim’s relationship from Tim’s perspective. BUY»
The third book explores the life and point of view of Ben's "perfect" boyfriend, flight attendant Jace Holden.
AUTUMN The third book explores the early life and point of view of Ben’s “perfect” boyfriend, Jace Holden. BUY»
SPRING The final book of the 'Seasons' series explores Ben's and Tim's stories through the eyes of a new character, Jason Grant. BUY»
SPRING The final book of the ‘Seasons’ series explores Ben’s and Tim’s stories through the eyes of a new character, Jason Grant. BUY»
LIGHTNING The first of the new spinoff ‘Storms’ series introduces out-and-proud Kelly Phillips, searching for love while revisiting an old friend or two. BUY»
THUNDER The second book of the 'Storms' series explores the life of  Kelly Phillips, who has always been good at running. Now he must learn to chase, and test the durability of his heart.
THUNDER Meet Nathaniel Courtney — he’s a survivor. His isn’t a coming-out story, nor is it the tale of a lonely heart. It’s about how he learned to fight. BUY»

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