On Making The Santangelo Movies
I have made two NBC mini-series about The Santangelos, which I wrote and executive produced. What fun! What a trip! I love making movies of my books and watching the characters come alive.
The first mini-series was Lucky/Chances — a combination of the two books ‘Lucky’ and ‘Chances’. We shot in and around L.A. and everyday was a new set up, creating L.A. back in the 30’s all the way to the 80’s. I was happy to be working with actors and a crew who knew exactly what they were doing.
The very beautiful Nicolette Sheridan played Lucky in a dark wig, and I thought she did a great job. Gino was played by the charismatic and undeniably handsome Vincent Irizarry. He did an amazing job of aging almost 30 years!
And the love of Gino’s life, the lovely Maria, was played with style and grace by a very young Sandra Bullock.
Shooting the movie was great fun. I was on the set from the moment we started in the morning to the moment we wrapped.
Lucky/Chances was a ratings winner, so I followed it with the mini-series of ‘Lucky Boss’. This time Kim Delaney played Lucky. She had the character down and was a pleasure to workwith.
I have six more Santangelo novels I would love to bring to life (and I hope to do so one day). In the meantime, keep on reading.
The Santangelo’s live on!