Crowe throws cash at Kiwi thriller
Hollywood heavyweight Russell Crowe is throwing his support, and cash, behind a Kiwi book the author says people don't want made.
Crowe has invested $US25k towards Mark Staufer's efforts to publish a groundbreaking supernatural thriller, The Numinous Place.
The book will be a world first, interactive e-book using video, audio and images to tell the story, described as a mix between The Da Vinci Code and The Matrix.
Staufer was raised in Auckland and worked on radio and at TVNZ, before moving to LA, where he is currently working with Crowe on the biopic of legendary American comedian Bill Hicks.
The writer has been working for almost a decade on the book, which is set in New Zealand, where Crowe also grew up.
"He and I both get homesick, and the book with its audio and video components answers a call of the heart when we can't get back to our country of birth."
As well as the investment by Crowe, Staufer has turned to American crowd-funding website Kickstarter to try to raise $US75k to help his dream become a reality. So far, almost $US30k has been pledged.
On the fundraising page he says many people do not want the novel to be published.
"They have grown powerful and rich, and they are frightened once you discover the illusion you will destroy it.
"They have been covering up the truth since the dawn of time, the truth about where we came from and who we are."
Staufer says this is because the novel will change the way readers experience books, using something call Lucid Dreaming, another first for the literary world.
"Lucid dreaming is the art of waking-up inside your dream world and taking control of it. We have developed a revolutionary new method of lucid dreaming and while the characters in the book learn it, so will the reader," says Staufer.
"What's really exciting is that once you learn how to lucid dream, anything is possible. We're literally going to teach you how to fly through the sky like Superman."
Staufer has hired a host of actors, a video team, artists and a composer to help bring the book to life.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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