"Life on Tilt: Confessions of a Poker Dad" To Be Made Into MovieNovember 6, 2009 10:40 am
John Blowers’ novel, which came out in May 2008, is set to become a blockbuster after Hollywood has taken up the challenge of turning his book into a movie. Despite writing several short stories in the past, Blowers’s “Life on Tilt: Confessions of a Poker Dad” was his first full-length novel and is a fictional autobiography of a human-resources executive, husband and father who risks ruining his idyllic life for a chance to compete for a seat at the World Series of Poker.
Blowers book describes “the risks you take to pursue your dreams and the consequences of going for it,” and specifically explores aspects of those interests which have equal potential to fulfil or destroy us. As the protagonist Johnnoe Zandoken becomes more immersed in the world of poker and his abilities as a player grow so his family life withers and he is left having to decide what really matters in his life.
Filming on the novel is due to get underway next year and Blowers remains very much involved in the whole project having helped draft the initial script, as well as assisting as a producer, adviser and even having a cameo part reserved for him in the film.
Other early news concerning the film is that a top Hollywood director, and “American Pie” star and poker aficionado Shannon Elizabeth are currently involved in the project.
The project has already got off to a good start having raised over $12 million so far and Blowers is confident that the realistic portrayal of poker will lend success to the project where others have fallen short.
“They just don’t get the essence of poker,” he said. “Pros tell me ‘Life on Tilt’ gets all the elements of a tournament: the grind, the hours of boredom interrupted by sheer moments of terror.”