Apparently some of you have a Google Alert for the term “Ong’s Hat” and therefore have seen the recent addition to IMDB. Specifically this listing (you’ll need IMDB Pro to see complete information). I had planned on doing a full interview with the two people responsible for this new venture when they return from shooting in Europe and I still plan on doing that. So, you’ll have to wait for that post for more info, but in the meantime, I’ll fill you in on a few “who and what” details.
First of all, to dispel some of the current confusion and rumors, this is NOT a listing for an Ong’s Hat movie. It is a listing for a new film production company, headed by:
- Lucas Elliot Eberl: An American actor and director best known for his role as Birn in the 2001 film Planet of the Apes and for his film Choose Connor. In 2008, Eberl was described by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the “10 Young Americans to Watch”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucas_Elliot_Eberl
- Zaden Alexander: An actor and filmmaker: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zaden_Alexander
Secondly, I have spoken to Lucas by phone and Zaden by email and they told me the name Ong’s Hat was chosen as a sort of homage to the ideas embedded within the Ong’s Hat story (i.e, my books/games, et al).
So, this is NOT the Ong’s Hat movie but it is a cool tip of the hat from two very talented actor/director/producer (read: DIY) types and we can’t wait to see what will come out of this new venture.
Also, there is some activity around an actual Ong’s Hat movie, and we are in talks with a few organizations to that end. We will report back when we have reached a decision on which direction we decide to take with that project.