[ About ]
Jamie Russell is an author, screenwriter and journalist. His work has appeared in the Sunday Times, the Guardian, Wired, Total Film, EDGE, and many others. He’s happiest writing about zombies, first-person shooters and William S. Burroughs. One day he plans to combine all three obsessions in the same feature article.
Jamie writes screenplays with his friend and co-conspirator, the very talented Mr. Nev Pierce. In 2012 they completed two commissioned scripts and PACKAGED, a psychological thriller that has been optioned by producer Richard Holmes (Eden Lake, Resistance).
Jamie’s books include Generation Xbox: How Videogames Invaded Hollywood (“fascinatingly detailed and revealing” reckoned the Guardian) and the bestselling Book of the Dead: The Complete History of Zombie Cinema.
Jamie has a Ph.D. in English Literature but he only calls himself Dr when talking to bank managers. He lives in Shropshire with his wife and two daughters (who are fed up with “those silly zombies” and want him to write a book about princesses instead).
Generation Xbox: How Videogames Invaded Hollywood was published on 16 April 2012 by Yellow Ant. Some kind people said nice things about it (and without asking for a brown envelope stuffed full of used bank notes)
“From Atari’s Superman game in the 1970s to Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft and beyond, the relationship between films and videogames has been one of false starts, cul-de-sacs, envy and dramatic bitching. Russell’s perky history uses the word ‘incredible’ too much, but is a fascinatingly detailed account. It provides revealing analyses of failed revolutions, such as the laserdisc game Dragon’s Lair (made by ex-Disney animators), and the genesis of modern globe-spanning genres: Steven Spielberg was heavily involved in the creation of the first Medal of Honor second-world-war shooter, hoping it would be educational.” Steven Poole, The Guardian
“It’s pretty damn good,” Tony Ponce, Destructoid
“A superb and often elegantly written book about the convergence of two industries that, even now, eye each other warily across the table and worry about what the other is doing. This is only part of the history of videogames, but Generation Xbox offers a fascinating and definitive account that’s expertly researched.” Rich Stanton, Eurogamer
“It’s the one book gamers should read this year,” Paul Nyhart, The Jace Hall Show
“Generation Xbox is the most interesting and illuminating game-related book I’ve read in years. Gathering first-hand testimonies from so many leading creatives across games and Hollywood is no small achievement, but it’s Jamie’s skill in crafting engaging and insightful narrative that makes this book a fascinating read for any follower of today’s fast-moving entertainment landscape,” Tony Mott, Editor of EDGE magazine.
Read an exclusive extract on the failure of the Halo movie published by Wired
Book of the Dead goes to Brazil in autumn 2010…