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Hlt9tslegJqGlDegJ7wxfOsI80wOver a crackly cell phone connection this afternoon in an Atlanta Bread Company cafe in Charleston, amid whirring blenders and grinding ice machines, I could hear just enough of the three-way conference call with producer Diane Isaacs and editor Kiffer Brown to know that we had come to terms. “Nothin’ from nothin’ leaves nothin'” as Billy Preston would say, and nothin’ but a dream is exactly what I’ve got at the moment. But when your dream is shared by people who are in the dream-making business, well, that’s really something.

Diane Sillan Isaacs is the Hollywood producer who has taken a shine to The Prodigal and today agreed to take on the job of bringing it to a movie theater near you.   She is the former head of Green Moon Productions in Santa Monica, the film company started by Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas. Some of her notable producing credits include Imagining Argentina, starring Academy Award winning actress Emma Thompson and Antonio Banderas, and Crazy in Alabama, starring Melanie Griffith, David Morse and Lucas Black.

Crazy in Alabama Theatrical Trailer.

Diane and Griffith were friends as children.  After film school at NYU and a stint with the David Letterman Show, Diane answered Don Johnson’s call to help out on Miami Vice, eventually becoming associate producer of the show that helped guest actors like Julia Roberts and Bruce Willis rise to stardom.

Today, Diane is out on her own and living in the Pacific Northwest, where she ran across Chanticleer Reviews editor Kiffer Brown at a cocktail party. Chanticleer just awarded The Prodigal the Somerset Prize for mainstream fiction. Diane asked Kiffer if she’d read any good books lately, and here we are.

Which is to say, really, in La-La Land.  I for one am refusing to be infected by Diane’s enthusiasm even as I am cheering her on, simply because I am not eager to claim my star on the Boulevard of Broken Dreams. Whenever an unknown author tells you he expects his book to be made into a movie, you should mentally add the words, “and also expects to be an astronaut.” One is about as likely as the other. There are more movies languishing in “development” than there are souls in purgatory.

But dreams are funny things.  They appear from nothing, refuse to die, and have the strangest habit of coming true at the darkest hour, when all seems lost.  Sounds like a novel I know.