Ten years after "Kinder Egg option" Canadian novel set to premiere at TIFF

    TORONTO, Aug. 5 /CNW/ - "Pontypool Changes Everything" a novel by Ontario
author Tony Burgess has been made into a full-length feature film that will
have its world premiere this September at the Toronto International Film
Festival. "Pontypool"-the movie's title-marks a change in direction for
Canadian film director Bruce McDonald. This is McDonald's first horror film.
With a screenplay written by Burgess, it's the story of a devastating
virus-one that is caught through conversation. In a radio station in the small
town of Pontypool, Ontario, a washed-up disc jockey gets trapped with his crew
while the zombie-creating plague erupts outside.
    The project began when Burgess was introduced to McDonald at the
"Pontypool Changes Everything" book launch ten years ago. Given a galley to
read in advance, McDonald walked up to Burgess and offered to option the book
right there on the spot. "He set a Kinder Egg in front of me and said, 'This
is the option, let's make a movie,'" Burgess says. "That sort of blew my mind,
because it was only my second book." Since then, Burgess's credits have grown.
He is the author of four books of fiction, one of which, Fiction for Lovers
won the ReLit Award.

    "Pontypool" was filmed in Toronto's west end and near Stayner, Ontario,
where Burgess resides. Cast in the film's central roles are Genie Award
winning actor Stephen McHattie and American-born Lisa Houle. The film will
hold a few surprises for those already familiar with Burgess's book. "Working
with Bruce (McDonald) has been great," Burgess said, "I write him these insane
things that I think he'll fire me over, but he just keeps putting them in the
damn movie."

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For further information: Simon Ware, ECW Press, Tel: (416) 694-3348,
E-mail: simon@ecwpress.com

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