Chuck Sambuchino’s 2010 faux survival guide How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack is set to be adapted by Robert Zemeckis and optioned by Sony. We at Movie Gnome are obviously excited. Here is the synopsis from the hardcover edition:
Move over zombies and adolescent vampires. There’s a new threat in town-and it’s only twelve inches tall. How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack is the only comprehensive survival guide that will help you prevent, prepare for, and ward off an imminent home invasion by the common garden gnome. Once thought of as harmless yard decorations, evidence is mounting that these smiling lawn statues are poised and ready to wreck havoc. The danger is real. And it’s here.
MTV News spoke with Sambuchino in an interview on the road to adapting the novel into a film. Here is a snippet of the interview:
MTV NEWS: Chuck, what’s the story of “Garden Gnomes” all about? What makes it a good fit for the big screen?
CHUCK SAMBUCHINO: The book itself is a parody of a survival guide. I expect the movie will be the tale of a couple (or perhaps even a small town) that comes under the wrath of vicious lawn gnomes. They will have to discern gnomes’ weakness(es) — then fight back! I think it will make a good movie because it can combine horror elements with plenty of comedy.
MTV NEWS: What do you know about the film so far? How long has there been talk about making it into a film?
SAMBUCHINO: This all started about seven months ago when the book was released. Gotham Group took over book-to-film duties for the project. Gotham got Zemeckis onboard, and his involvement attracted Sony Pictures Animation, who recently optioned the work. A lot of things are still in the works, but Zemeckis is definitely attached to produce and he may even direct. Keep in mind that most books that get optioned never actually get produced … but most books don’t have Robert Zemeckis attached, so my hopes are high!
MTV NEWS: What are the chances of you writing the script for it?
SAMBUCHINO: As good as hitting snake eyes on a craps table. In all seriousness, if I was feeling saucy and wanted to throw out my pitch for the film’s three acts, I think everyone involved would give me an audience and consider my take. But they’re contacting some great screenwriters, and I feel like I’m too close to this book to take a crack at a script.
MTV NEWS: How do you picture the book turning into a film?
SAMBUCHINO: For a while now, people have said, “This could be like ‘Gremlins’ — kind of a horror-comedy combo.” That could be a fair comparison if Zemeckis and ImageMovers take a PG-13 route and try to make it funny — but I think it’s too early to understand exactly where it’s going because prospective screenwriters will all have different takes on the project.