Friday, October 2, 1998 8:53 AM
Just weeks after he signed an exclusive multimillion-dollar, multiyear development and production deal with 20th Century Fox comes word that X-Files mastermind and executive producer Chris Carter has signed another high-seven-figure deal—this time to write two original suspense novels for Bantam. The nail-biters are reportedly unrelated to any projects in the works over at 20th Century Fox, which may explain why the book deal was not forged with News Corp. sister company HarperCollins, which created a new imprint, HarperEntertainment, to oversee synergistic projects.
A bevy of publishers reportedly bid for the Carter chillers, but details are sketchy, as both Bantam publisher Irwyn Applebaum and Carter rep Joel Gotler have not commented on the negotiations.
Carter will have his work cut out for him meeting his writer's deadlines: Under the terms of his development deal with 20th Century Fox, he will stay on as executive producer of The X-Files for at least two more seasons, and of Millennium for at least one more. He will also be writing and developing a new television series, which has been rumored to be a comic-book-based sci-fi drama called Harsh Realm, through his Ten Thirteen production company. And let's not forget that X-Files film franchise...
Carter to try Novel Approach by Judy Quinn
Publishing industryites say TXF creator CC has scored a high-seven-figure deal to write two original suspense novels for Bantam.
The books are reportedly not related to CC’s existing or recently signed upcoming new projects for 20th Century Fox TV, which may be a reason why this deal was, surprisingly, not made at News Corp. sister company HarperCollins, which formed new imprint Harper Entertainment in part for synergistic projects.
CC recently inked a new exclusive development and production deal with 20th Century Fox TV (DV, 9/18).
The new CC books were reportedly sought after by several publishers.
Bantam publisher Irwyn Appelbaum could not be reached for comment. Renaissance
agent Joel Gotler, who reportedly repped CC on these properties, would
not comment on the deal.