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Interview: Tom Sniegoski: Part Four

July 23rd, 2006 (11:22 am)

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The Fallen Leviathan Aerie Reckoning

Here now is the final part of my interview with the one and only Tom Sniegoski.


LW: In THE FALLEN, you brought the myth of the nephilim (the offspring of immortal angels and mortal women) into modern day. This quartet of novels has been turned into a series of movies, the first of which will air on ABC Family tonight, Sunday, July 23rd. Congratulations! How did that deal come to pass?

TOM: I owe that entire deal to my Hollywood manger types Pete Donaldson and Jay Sanders. They loved the books and shopped them around to anybody who cared to look at them. Finally they were snatched up by the good folks over at ABC Family.

LW: How involved were you in the casting and filming process?

TOM: Kinda sorta. They would give me a call here and there, and show me pictures and stuff. The one thing that I was part of was during the scripting process. I saw every version of the script, even during revision stages. They were very eager to hear what I had to say about the scripts and would listen to any suggestions that I had. It was pretty cool. I also got to visit the set during the last week of shooting. That was an amazing experience.

LW: Did you want to be involved, or did you choose to step back and let things evolve as they may without your intervention?

TOM: I really do think that the movie folks would rather that you weren't involved. They hate the idea of some writer guy coming in and telling them how to make movies. Would I like to be involved when more of my stuff as it gets made? Sure! Will I be? I doubt it.

LW: Who wrote the screenplay?

TOM: A woman by the name of Sara Cooper. She's worked on television quite a bit, most recently on House. The script is really good, I liked it quite a bit.

LW: Did you meet any cast or crew members? Any old friends, new pals, standouts, breakthrough artists?

TOM: The cast members that I got to meet were fantastic. Really amazing. Paul Wesley as Aaron, and Rick Worthy as Camael are pretty fantastic. Not to set anybody apart though, the cast is really, really strong. They even got the dog, Gabriel down perfectly.

Doolittle as Gabe

LW: On a scale of one to ten, ten being your dog Mulder and one being, well, not your dog, exactly how cute is the dog who was chosen to play Gabe?

TOM: He's played by one dog named Doolittle who was just the sweetest freakin thing. I wanted to take him home, but my pup, Mulder, would've been extremely jealous.

LW: How did they handle the communication between Aaron and Gabe? Does the movie employ voiceovers so the audience can 'hear' what Aaron's mind is automatically translating and understanding?

TOM: Yeah, they do this really cool voiceover thing. When Aaron is hearing the other language in front of him, you can hear the translation as if it's going on inside his head. They did a nice job with that.

LW: How does the film differ from the novels?

TOM: There are some major differences. For one thing, the film isn't as violent as the books. It's ABC Family, for Pete's sake! So the violence is turned down some. The lead bad guy is played by a woman instead of a man. Hmmm, there are other things, but I really don't see them as being all that important. The movie exists, and so do the books. There's room enough for both.

Aaron and Gabe

You heard it here first! There will be a special reprint of Book One: Fallen. The tentative release date is late September. Book Two: Leviathan, Book Three: Aerie and Book Four: Reckoning should be available again in September. Shocklines will have a four book autographed bundle available that will ship in October. For the latest news, please visit the website for the books.

Get the official press kit from ABC Family.

If you have a broadband connection, you may watch Fallen online. You may also download Fallen from iTunes.

Read the earlier parts of the interview: Part One | Part Two | Part Three


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Posted by: coppervale (coppervale)
Posted at: July 23rd, 2006 07:02 pm (UTC)

Love the interview with Tom - and looking forward to movie night! Thanks for posting this.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: July 23rd, 2006 07:06 pm (UTC)

Thank YOU for the feedback and for supporting Tom!

Posted by: viggofest (viggofest)
Posted at: July 23rd, 2006 07:52 pm (UTC)

The baddie is female? Wow! I can't wait to see how that's handled.
I would've loved to see his panel at ComiCon this year.
I don't understand when the rest of the mini-series will air, and does it cover all 4 books, though.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: July 24th, 2006 12:28 am (UTC)

I know! Should be interesting.

I would have as well.

I don't know - No airdates yet.

Posted by: fa3ryg1rl (fa3ryg1rl)
Posted at: July 23rd, 2006 11:29 pm (UTC)

Do you know when the other parts of the movie airs and how many parts there are?

How is your kitty doing?

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: July 24th, 2006 12:27 am (UTC)

It will air tonight as a two-our movie. They have filmed six hours total, with the remaining four hours slated to air sometime in 2007 - no exact airdates yet. Bookmark the sites and keep checking in.

Holly is doing well. Thank you so much for asking!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: July 24th, 2006 02:42 am (UTC)
The movie!

The movie was great! I didn't know what it was about so when I saw the ending I was quite a bit confused. How Aaron just left the girl there and started to run away. So as soon as I could I went on the computer to find out more. There are four more hours of this movie but they won't come on until next year. I can't wait! I love it a lot!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: July 24th, 2006 02:51 am (UTC)
Re: The movie!

I'm pleased that you enjoyed it, anonymous soul. As I don't know who posted this comment, I have to state the obvious - Read the books if you haven't already!

Posted by: morethanfine (morethanfine06)
Posted at: July 24th, 2006 05:38 am (UTC)

I dont want to wait till 2007
And Lord do I hope that they keep Fallen and the Occulous seperate.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: July 24th, 2006 05:40 am (UTC)

I don't want to wait either.

Look how many people are posting!


I'm so glad that you took me up on my book recommendations all those years ago, Beth. So glad.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: July 24th, 2006 06:14 am (UTC)
Movie premier

Just saw the premiere of "Fallen". I enjoyed it very much and because of this movie I intend to look for the books and read them! Being raised in the Christian faith as a child I know a little about the differant angels. Am looking forward to the six part series!!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: July 24th, 2006 06:17 am (UTC)

Thanks for tuning in!

Posted by: Kelly O'Shea (tralf2001)
Posted at: July 24th, 2006 01:51 pm (UTC)
monster - 2

Do you know when they are re-airing? I didn't catch it!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: July 24th, 2006 03:10 pm (UTC)

Thursday, July 27th
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM PST/EST

Sunday, August 6th
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM PST/EST

Posted by: Kelly O'Shea (tralf2001)
Posted at: July 24th, 2006 03:54 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: July 24th, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC)

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: July 25th, 2006 03:22 pm (UTC)

I am sorry that they were unable to get the books for you at your local store, but I am pleased to hear that you found them online. I hope that you get the books quickly and that you enjoy them as much as I do! Tom is grand. :) Thanks for checking out the interview. Make sure to read all four parts of it, and get Tom's newest books, The Sleeper Conspiracy: Sleeper Code and Sleeper Agenda, too!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: July 28th, 2006 02:22 am (UTC)
website for the online journey

New to this forum. I just viewed the 1st episode and after the movie it stated that there was an online journey, I have tried to access that website (abcfamily.com/fallen) but it forwards me to oculareffect.com and then nothing. Any suggestions?
Thanks in advance

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: July 28th, 2006 02:24 am (UTC)
Re: website for the online journey

Yes, the online game is located at http://www.oculareffect.com/ - Perhaps it is down this evening. It was in working condition this weekend. Try it again tomorrow, just in case! :)

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: August 3rd, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC)

Have looked everwhere for the books any body know where I can but the other 3 bid on the first one on ebay

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 3rd, 2006 04:21 pm (UTC)

Try used bookstores and the local library for the time being - and please keep checking this journal and Tom's site for updated publishing information! I will post those details as they become available.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: August 5th, 2006 08:34 pm (UTC)
About the Books

I read that there will be a special reprint of book one coming out in September of The Fallen. -The rest of the series will be printed again then too. In October it said that there will be a 4 book set that is Autographed if you want to wait that long but I don't know where you would get those though. If anyone knows I would love the set!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 5th, 2006 08:37 pm (UTC)
Re: About the Books

Yes, I was the first person to break the news -


Posted by: coffeegirl18 (coffeegirl18)
Posted at: August 7th, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC)

Will it air again? Is it also on the normal ABC? I'd still like to see it.


Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 8th, 2006 12:18 am (UTC)

Hello there! So far, ABC Family has aired the first two hours of Fallen three times. They have yet to say when it will run again. I do not know if they will air it on ABC.

In the meatime, you may download it at iTunes!

Posted by: arjumand (arjumand)
Posted at: August 17th, 2006 10:13 am (UTC)
Fallen book and tv movie

Hi there - I found a link to your interview on the official Sniegoski website and I enjoyed reading it. Ever since I saw an ad for Fallen during Kyle Xy I have become fascinated with the books and the tv movie.
I was curious to see what you thought of the movie, having read all the books. I've only read the first, not being in the U.S. they're not easy for me to get a hold of.
I saw the movie before reading the book so I'm not as horrified at some of the changes as some people on the boards seem to be. Anyway, I loved all the language stuff, especially the way the sounds were layered on top of each other. Things seemed to move fairly fast too; comparing it to Kyle XY, in the latter show sometimes I feel like putting the characters on fast forward! I loved the fact that they left Vilma Brazilian, the lizards were helpful (it's a silly thing to annoy me, but too often animals like that are made into EEEvil characters)and Stevie was left autistic.
I didn't mind some changes which I saw as cosmetic: Verchiel is a woman (why not? angels don't have gender, those are not their real bodies), Camael is a fairly young African American (Rick Worthy, yum!)etc. However, some additions just left me scratching my head: wrestling?! I suppose they needed a hook for American male teens, and basketball and football had been done to death. Still it was a major "What?!" moment, especially when I realised it wasn't in the book.
Also, the shape of Verchiel's wings bothered me: they were feathered but . . . batlike? Again, why?
The fact that the ending was changed didn't bother me that much: it was too much of a downer to end the pilot of a tv show on: tv executives have to think of the bottom line, after all!
Sorry about spamming your journal, I'm really curious to see what you thought.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 17th, 2006 03:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Fallen book and tv movie

I enjoyed the film. I of course prefer the books. I feel like I need to see all of the footage - the additional four hours, and if they do any more than that - in order to comment on how much of the overall series they change/keep the same. The quartet is so smart and well-plotted; the overall story is important, as well as the A- and B- plot of each book.

Posted by: kris (ex_karone218)
Posted at: October 23rd, 2006 07:13 am (UTC)

I have a Paul Wesley fansite and I have over 300 screencaps of Paul as Aaron. I just thought I'd share that here in case anyone wanted to see anything from it and couldnt. They are just of Paul, though, not the other characters.


Btw, I just had to comment - your sites are amazing. And I've been reading some of your lj entries. They are just... wow.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: October 23rd, 2006 03:01 pm (UTC)

Thank you for the compliments! I will have to visit your website/gallery later this week. Thanks for supporting FALLEN.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: February 7th, 2007 01:59 pm (UTC)

I'm italian, i want to know if this book is translate in my language. If you know it, please write me at: anna_loves_you@hotmail.it
thank you.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 7th, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
Re: hi!

I am not certain if it is available in Italian. Have you asked at your local bookshop?

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