‘Glee’ star finds fresh success as children’s lit author
As Chris Colfer turns the page on his hit children’s book fantasy series, the former “Glee’’ star turned author is embarking on a new chapter and bringing his literary work to film.
“Worlds Collide’’ is the sixth and final book in the series “The Land of Stories,’’ which features classic fairy-tale characters converging in new adventures. Colfer is embarking on a 20-city book tour that will include a stop in Vancouver on July 29.
The newest instalment arrives just as Colfer settles in to work on the screenplay adaptation of “The Wishing Spell,’’ the first book in his series, which will also serve as his directorial debut. Montreal-born Shawn Levy (“Arrival,’’ “Stranger Things’’) and his company 21 Laps are on board as producers.
“On one hand, it is incredible, because I get to tell the story again,’’ Colfer said during a recent interview in Toronto.
“When I look back at the first book, people really love it; but because I wrote it, I see all the mistakes that I made. I see ways I could have been a better writer.
“It’s wonderful that I get a chance to kind of make it better in a way, but it’s also terrifying, because you have a lot of studio executives to please. And after that, you’re going to have a wave of critics to please and then hopefully — most importantly — the readers.’’
While Colfer made his mark belting out tunes as Kurt Hummel on “Glee,’’ his passion for writing predated his star-making turn on the smash musical comedy-drama, which ended in 2015.
“‘The Land of Stories’ began when I was a little kid. It was a story I used to write just to entertain myself,’’ said Colfer, 27.