Atlanta magazine has a good interview with King and John Mellencamp about the process and evolution of Ghost Brothers.
How long did it take to write? The first draft didn't take too long. It was all the other drafts that were the killer. John came to me and he had this basic idea. He said, "Think about this conflict between two brothers that might lead to murder or to trouble." And I said, "Well you gotta put booze in the mix," and he said, "Yeah, yeah, yeah!" And I said, "And there's gotta be a girl." And he goes, "Yeah, there's gotta be a girl." And a roadhouse and a lot of other elements that lead to that sort of thing. I don't want to give too much away, but we did work that part out and I said, "Well okay, this is a terrific story. Now there's two ways you can go with something like this. If you want to do a modern Broadway musical like 'Cats' or 'Les Mis' it means my work is done. I'll do a little treatment of it and you just write songs that carry the story forward. The other way you can go is with 'My Fair Lady,' where they talk a little while, and then they sing, and then talk some more." And John said he wanted to do that. So I said, "Okay, I'll do a more complete treatment.
For the entire text of the interview head over HERE.
Ghost Brothers of Darkland County will be premiering April 4th at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta, and running through May 13th. Directed by Alliance artistic director Susan V. Booth and starring a cast of locals like Kylie Brown and former Atlantans Shuler Hensley and Justin Guarini. King’s script flits from past to present as it tells the story of two generations of the McCandless family touched by a 1967 triple homicide in a backwoods Mississippi cabin.