Twilight haters to the left. I don’t know where you think you are, but around here, we LOVE Stephenie Meyer. Twilight brought us all together back in 2009 on Letters to Twilight, and as much as we made fun of it, we wouldn’t be here without it. “It” being our obsession with Edward and Bella and all things Twilight Saga.
In fact, if you do find yourself squarely in the wrong position of thinking you are somehow above Twilight, watch this, and feel shame.
Ahem. THAT’S WHAT I THOUGHT. So now we TwiFans in our MID TO LATE THIRTIES (omg remember when this started and we were just Twilight fans in our TWENTIES????) have something all new to obsess about, or studiously ignore, depending on who gets cast as the lead hot guy.
Stephenie Meyer’s The Chemist is Headed to TV
That’s right. We can all head to Hot Topic to get our TeamTWINS t-shirts and a few Daniel Does It Doggy badges because The Chemist is going to be gracing our television screens sometime in the near future.
Ok, that’s a little hyperbolic. We read The Chemist for Boozy Book Club when it came out in 2016. In fact, it was the first book I read directly after the election that shall not be mentioned, and I found it to be pure escapism glory. BUT it didn’t inspire the same level of devotion, masochism, and fandom obsession that Twilight did in its heyday. It was just a decent adult thriller. A good read. A good time.
SOooOooOo, Hot Topic probably doesn’t have any Call Me Alex baby tees, or any syringe earrings. There aren’t a whole lot of ways to express your lukewarm feelings for a good book by an amazing author that you totally love. But at least we get to imagine what the series is going to be like.
Tomorrow Studios is set to develop the book as a television series. That’s Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements, who are currrently also developing the Michelle Dockery powerhouse, Good Behavior, an Amazon series called Hanna, and Snowpiercer – which is a terrible title but is starring Jennifer Connelly (a Blurtlander Freebie Five from way back) and Daveed Diggs! And of course Meyer and Meghan Hibett are producing the show through their Fickle Fish Films banner. Remember Austenland?? GOOD STUFF.
“Stephenie is one of the most prolific authors of our time with her unique portrayal of heroines that resonate with readers and television viewers around the world, and we look forward to working with her and Meghan on bringing the The Chemist to television,” said Adelstein.
Adelstein gets it. We are here for SMeyer.
If you never read The Chemist, first of all, you should. But if you didn’t, I’ll give you a quick run down. The main character’s “name” is Alex, and she’s a former government employee, hired to use her exceptional skills with chemicals and sciencey stuff to essentially torture persons of interest. But she’s on the run. She’s done her last job, there are folks out there for her. She’s alone. And she has really specific ways of keeping herself safe.
One call from the only person she trusts, who just happens to be her ex-boss, and she’s promised she can be free of the ones looking for her if she can do this one last thing. Find this bad guy who is also super hot if these long-range spy photos are any indication. So she does. His name is Daniel. He’s cute. And sweet. And she captures him. And then … maybe he’s not the guy she was looking for.
So maybe now they are both kind of on the run. And kind of sweet on each other. OH SHUT UP. It’s a fun read.
I have a few things on my The Chemist Wish List.
I’d love to see this as a short-run straight to streaming series. Like two seasons, 12 episodes, tops. Big ass cliffhanger at the end of season one, episode 6.
I want this to have a KICK ASS soundtrack and title sequence.
Give me the most normal looking female protagonist you can find. Oh … who am I kidding? I want Claire Foy in everything. Call Claire Foy. She’s not on The Crown anymore, and I already miss her face.
Give us Michiel Huisman as Daniel. Because I also miss HIS face. And he would make a hot divorced history teacher.