Wolf nor Dog film

Just a quick informational note here for those of you who have asked:

Progress is finally being made on the filming of Neither Wolf nor Dog. I wrote the screenplay a number of years ago under the able tutelage of director, John Irvin (Turtle Diary, Widow’s Peak, A Month by the Lake, etc.), but nothing came of the project at that time. Now the project is finally getting off the ground.

My screenplay will be used, though I am sure there will be modifications. Directors, actors, and producers all have a say in how something is shaped. The director has not yet been chosen, nor have the actors. But the company that will produce the film has already been formed (or, at least, is in the process of being formed), and locations are being scouted.

This is a long way from a finished product, but the direction is good and the feel is positive. When people begin investing their own time and money in a project, you know that something is taking place.

I don’t wish to say too much at this point, partially because there is not much to say, and partially out of respect for the process. I feel fortunate to be working with people for whom this is a labor of love and who choose to see me as a creative partner in the enterprise. I am hopeful that something good is in the making.

Perhaps in a future blog I’ll write a bit more about the fascinating process of creating a screenplay. It is as different from writing a book as creating a melody is from writing lyrics. I learned much in the process, and am a better writer for the effort. With luck, something special will result.

And, oh, I should mention: yes, there is Native involvement in the project beyond the cast. I would not have had it any other way.

Stay tuned. And remember to check out wolfnordog.com

6 thoughts on “Wolf nor Dog film”

  1. What wonderful news! Neither Wolf nor Dog is one of my all time favorite books and one that I reread every few years. I wish you much success with the project.

  2. Kent…I am so very excited about this project. Thanks for keeping us informed. After buying several copies of Neither Wolf Nor Dog and giving them as gifts to family members, I loaned my copy to one friend and she loved it and passed it on to her brother. It has gone to southern California now…a well traveled copy. Such a meaningful message and enjoyable read. I know the movie will serve to bring the story to many others…and that is good. Have a great day!

  3. Mr. Nerburn,

    I’m very excited that NWND will be made into a film. I just reread it after coming home from a trip to Pine Ridge and the book was much more meaningful this time around.

    I saw my doctor yesterday and told him about my experience at Pine Ridge. Like so many others, he hadn’t heard of Pine Ridge. I gave him a quick education. I explained how I’m once again putting together donations to take next year, and he told me his wife knits and thinks she would be happy to donate scarves, hats, and mittens. I tell everyone I see about my experience at Pine Ridge and offer suggestions on how they might help. I also tell people they must read NWND to really understand the Oglala Lakota and their history.


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