The Grumpuss story in rhyme is complete. An illustrated storybook is a real possibility if funds become available and the right artist is attached. It needn't be published by Otherworld Cottage. An offer by another publisher would be considered. Another very expensive, but also very exciting alternative, would be to go for an leather bound, gold debossed illuminated manuscript, styled after genuine medieval manuscripts, printed, of course, but if not on genuine vellum, certainly on acid free paper to preserve the art work. Each copy should be serially numbered for the limited edition with a finite number of copies to be made, after which the plates would be destroyed. How many and at what price is up in the air, but inasmuch as it would be a genuine work of art in a limited edition, books woould be priced accordingly (which is to say, it would be very expensive. It's certainly worth consideration


   If Grumpuss becomes a feature film, the Otherworld Cottage CD and DVD editions that inspired it will become ancillaries. Without a single Grumpuss listed with Central Casting, I introduced Grumpuss as a live-action/CGI property. The first of its kind, performed entirely in rhyme, I believed it would impress the Motion Picture Academy and English-speaking audiences worldwide. Years ago, a director of acquisitions at a major studio wanted the story. I turned him down when he said he planned to scrap the rhyme. My performances have now preserved the rhyme, so a movie without the rhyme is no longer out of the question, but if it is to be an animated film, I'd hold out for the rhyme, with dialogue provided by actors and a narrator. Performed in rhyme, it would be a unique screen experience for audiences young and old. I can't guarantee its success. No one can, but I guarantee it will not go unnoticed.


    Movie distribution, cross-collateralized with a soundtrack album release, extend the promotional reach of both, and provide additional earned revenue potential. A soundtrack album can result in earnings from what might otherwise be considered a promotional expense. When the movie is green-lighted for produuction, my CD and DVD releases will become ancillaries to the movie, and likely negotiated when the production contracts are signed. If not, a successful movie will almost certainly boost my sales of the original source materials. This is moot if I am the production entity, but the money will want a share of it, and especially if the money is also the distributor, will want distribution rights. Such ancillaries provide additional revenue streams to offset the high cost of the produciton. In fact, some movies only become profitable from their ancillaries sales. Generally, today's ancillary markets include Pay-per-View and DVD sales, premium cable services (e.g. HBO and Showtime), cable TV, network TV, and syndicated TV, in that order to maximize revenues to the distributor.


   Forget the Star Wars and Marvel's Avengers series. Consider E.T.'s licensing success. Like E.T., Grumpuss is family friendly, providing opportunities for licensing character toys, games, costumes, images for youth clothing, and more, but dependent on succesful exploitation of the movie. Ancillary licensing is not a "given,"" but should it materialize, sometimes earns more than the movie. The Grumpuss rhyme is complete, so an illustrated storybook is likely, maybe published by the distributor. I plan to reserve the right to publish a leather-bound limited edition "illuminated manuscript,"" styled after medieval originals, in keeping with the Grumpuss timeline, to be printed on acid-free paper (to preserve the artwork), and each copy serially numbered, with a finite number of copies to be made, after which the plates would be destroyed. How many, and at what price I can't say, but an extremely "collectable" family-friendly numbered limited edition would necessarily be top-of-the-market -- a notion I believe worthy of consideration.


   My performances fulfilled my commitment to present Grumpuss in the bardic-style of yore, and bring that form of entertainment, once reserved for royalty, nobility and a few inspired outlaw bands, to today's audiences. In the sections above, I provide an overview of what might be further development for Grumpuss, obviously dependent on adequate funding provided by an interested party or group. The risks of investing the astronomical amount of money required to produce a Grumpuss motion picture are astronomical, and offer no guarantee that an investor would profit or break even on such an gamble.

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