Author Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon will no longer proceed with plans for a fictional adaptation after blowback from the Bay Area electronic music community.
The deal with CBS Television Studios includes several projects helmed by the husband-wife team, including an adaption of Chabon's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay for Showtime, reports The Mercury News. However, the series on Ghost Ship has been met with protest from the electronic music community in the Bay Area and beyond.
will just say it here. nobody in our small community wants to relive that tragedy on cbs of all places. thanks.— Brandon Nickell (@brandon_nickell) December 12, 2019
Both Waldman and Chabon responded to the uproar, with the former's statement indicating the series or movie will be based on Elizabeth Weil's sympathetic New York Times Magazine profile of Max Harris, who was recently acquitted in a trial in which he and Ghost Ship operator Derick Almena were charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter.
... but should it go forward, we promise to thoroughly research every aspect of this tragedy, and take care to present the story with the greatest sensitivity to and compassion for the victims, their families, and our East Bay community. (1/2)— Ayelet Waldman (@ayeletw) December 12, 2019
The Ghost Ship warehouse fire, which occurred just over three years ago, took the lives of Bay Area artists like Cherushii, Nackt and Cash Askew of Them Are Us Too.
Update: Today, Waldman took to Twitter, stating that the series will not be proceeding. Read her full statement below.
(2/6) Over the past few days, however, we’ve heard from parents of the victims, from friends and survivors, and from conscientious members of the community, appealing to us to reconsider telling the story of the Ghost Ship—— Ayelet Waldman (@ayeletw) December 14, 2019
(4/6) We believe that there is a conversation to be had about the propriety of telling the story of the Ghost Ship, and about the identity and moral responsibility of those who tell it, but ...— Ayelet Waldman (@ayeletw) December 14, 2019
(6/6) At this time, therefore, we will not be proceeding, and will do our part to leave the families and survivors to their grief and their loss, in the fervent hope that someday they find not just comfort but also a measure of justice.— Ayelet Waldman (@ayeletw) December 14, 2019
Read our 2018 feature, Fighting The Tide: Underground Dance Music In The Bay Area.