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Perry Moore (November 4, 1971 - February 17, 2011)

William Perry Moore IV (November 4th, 1971 — February 17, 2011) was an American author, screenwriter, and film director. He was best known as the executive producer of The Chronicles of Narnia film series and the author of the award-winning book Hero (about a gay teenage superhero).

Moore was born on November 4, 1971, in Richmond, Virginia, to William and Nancy Norris Moore. His father was a Vietnam War veteran who received the Bronze Star. He had two sisters, Jane and Elizabeth. He grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and graduated high school from Norfolk Academy in 1990. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1994, and while still in college interned at the Virginia Film Festival. He also served as an intern in the White House and at the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios in New York City.

He worked on the production team for The Rosie O'Donnell Show, then joined Walden Media (a media production company created by conservative billionaire Phillip Anschutz to produce family-friendly movies, documentaries, and television programs). He was the executive in charge of production for the film I Am David, an adaptation the Anne Holm novel North to Freedom.

Moore was also the executive producer of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Moore spent several years seeking the movie rights to the seven novels which comprise the Narnia books. Moore's persistence proved critical for Walden Media in winning the rights. (An obituary in Variety called his role "instrumental".) As the New York Times reported in 2005: "At the beginning of 2001, Perry Moore embarked on a forbidding quest. Mr. Moore, an executive with an untested movie company called Walden Media, dispatched an impassioned letter to the chief executive of the C. S. Lewis Company, seeking movie rights to the much-loved Chronicles of Narnia fantasy novels." After a meeting of executives, a handshake sealed the deal for the rights. Moore continued his role as executive producer with Prince Caspian (2008) and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010).

William Perry Moore IV was an American author, screenwriter, and film director. He was known as the executive producer of The Chronicles of Narnia film series and the author of the award-winning book Hero. Moore was openly gay and lived in NYC with Hunter Hill (a writer for Paper magazine). He was was also asked what the perfect recipe for romance is: “Good waves. Good wine. Great new wave music. A little bit of dancing. Writing 10 great pages. And collapsing into the arms of the one you love.” Moore died on February 17, 2011, at the age of 39, at his home in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan.

He co-wrote and co-directed (with Hunter Hill, Perry Moore's partner of seventeen years) the 2008 film Lake City, a drama that tells the story of a mother (Sissy Spacek) and son (Troy Garity) who reunite under desperate circumstances years after a family tragedy drove them apart. He also co-produced (again with Hunter Hill) a Spike Jonze-directed 2010 documentary (Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak) about legendary children's book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak.

In early 2010, Moore said he and Hill were planning to co-direct a feature film to star actress Julianne Moore. The night before he died, Moore told his father that he had just secured financing for a fourth Narnia movie based on the book The Magician's Nephew. 

In addition to his work in production and development, Moore wrote The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion. The book was on the New York Times bestseller list in December 2005 and January 2006.

A longtime fan of children's literature and comic books, Moore's novel, Hero, was first published by Hyperion Books in August 2007. The young adult novel tells the story of a closeted gay teenager who becomes a superhero. In May 2008, Hero won a Lambda Literary Award as the best LGBT Children's/Young Adult novel of the past year. In 2008, Moore was in talks with legendary comic book writer and artist Stan Lee about producing a television series based on the book. Moore began writing a sequel to Hero in 2009. Moore's father said that in early 2011 his son was working on turning Hero into a movie on the Starz cable television channel.

In February 2010, Moore said he was also at work on a new novel, Way of the Wolf, Book One: Fire, about triplets who inherit superpowers and have to stop a villain from taking over the Earth.

Moore was openly gay and lived in New York City with Hunter Hill (a writer for Paper magazine). Moore was also a Christian and spoke publicly about his faith. According to family members, Moore had suffered knee and back problems before his death, which required pain medication and corrective surgery (surgery he had put off to continue working).

Moore died on February 17, 2011, at the age of 39, at his home in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan. His body was discovered by Hill. The New York Times and Variety reported that the cause of death was yet to be officially announced, and that a medical examiner's report was pending. Local police said there was no obvious evidence of foul play.
I'm like a superhero, with no powers or motivation...
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perry_Moore

Further Readings:

Hero by Perry Moore
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; Reprint edition (May 5, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1423101960
ISBN-13: 978-1423101963
Amazon: Hero
Amazon Kindle: Hero

The last thing in the world Thom Creed wants is to add to his father’s pain, so he keeps secrets. Like that he has special powers. And that he’s been asked to join the League – the very organization of superheroes that spurned his dad. But the most painful secret of all is one Thom can barely face himself: he’s gay.

But becoming a member of the League opens up a new world to Thom. There, he connects with a misfit group of aspiring heroes, including Scarlett, who can control fire but not her anger; Typhoid Larry, who can make anyone sick with his touch; and Ruth, a wise old broad who can see the future. Like Thom, these heroes have things to hide; but they will have to learn to trust one another when they uncover a deadly conspiracy within the League.

To survive, Thom will face challenges he never imagined. To find happiness, he’ll have to come to terms with his father’s past and discover the kind of hero he really wants to be.

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Back in 2007 People magazine listed Perry Moore as one of the most sexy man alive

Perry was asked to describe his seduction secret:
“Because I had such trouble coming to terms with being gay, it’s just being myself. Don’t play any games. Then you’ll meet someone who loves you for who you are, and you’ll love him for who he is.”
Perry said in the article he would
“love to see two guys meet in the surfing line-up. You’re all out there where the waves are breaking, waiting to catch one. Late in the day, you’ve caught a lot of great rides, the sun is setting, and you have someone to share that with.”
The producer/author has been partnered for 13 years at that time and was also asked what the perfect recipe for romance is:
“Good waves. Good wine. Great new wave music. A little bit of dancing. Writing 10 great pages. And collapsing into the arms of the one you love.”
He was also asked how to keep love alive and said:
“Laughter first. Then, knowing that no bad moments lasts forever, but love can.”

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