I’ve been away for a few days and despite the intent to do some writing whilst I was away I ended up doing precisely none. As I’ve previously mentioned here before though, I tend to write like a maniac for a few weeks followed by periods of nothing rather than have a consistent level.
There’s still nothing from the script pitch for The Unlocked Project, no interest has been forthcoming so it’s probably a case of moving on from that one. There’s always an slight though of wondering if you’ve wasted your time when a script doesn’t get picked up. Have you lost out by concentrating on that script for the last few months when you could have been doing something else? Is the entire thing now worthless? I’d say that no completed script is without merit if you can learn from the experience, put it to one side and then come back and improve on it. ‘Robotics’ was only picked up after being listed twice over, having been rejected many times over beforehand.
So the process begins by converting ‘Seven Lucky Stars’ from stage to screen. It might involve a fair bit of cutting and pasting as I still have a version of the script that is in film format and it’s running time is currently 90 minutes based on one set so I can afford to expand it a little more and chop out some of the more long winded elements and delve a little more into Edward’s character. One of the themes running through Seven Lucky Stars, being set in the 80’s, was Thatcherism. Her recent death on;y serves to bring much more of that debate to the foreground. Do I therefore go down that road with an aim of making it far more political?
This is all things to think about, in the meantime here’s a flavour of what we’re going for and what passed as prime time TV around 25 years ago.
I would love to be writing a new entry about how I’ve spent the last few days battling through e-mails that I’ve received from producers all wanting to move forward with The Unlocked Project. To inform you of the sleepless nights of constant negotiation and rewrites I’ve had. If I did I’d be lying through my teeth to you.
The listing was distributed on Wednesday morning and nothing has arrived yet. True it’s only 48 hours and there’s time yet but it’s looking like the script won’t get the attention I hoped. I’m not dismayed by this in any way as becoming dejected would be counter productive. It’s more a case of going over the pitch again and seeing what went wrong. Is the pitch appealing? Is it concise? Does it give the idea there’s a good story to be made here? In the current state of Unlocked I’m not sure I can give positive answers to all those points.
The ending still bugs me and it would take a far longer film to advance on that idea of controlled fear. In this current state the ending firstly comes across as science fiction nonsense and, worse, it’s SciFi nonsense placed there purely for the sake of it. I remain unsure how to resolve that yet.
For now I think I shall press on with other projects, mainly the couple of features I’ve been planning. Seven Lucky Stars could easily be made into a film seeing as it’s already running at 90 minutes and that’s just the stuff that suited the one stage set. Making it as a film means we can expand on a lot of sections of Edward’s life which would have been too much of a change in the theatre. With a little push I could probably have a version of this ready to roll in six weeks or so.
Then we have the SciFi film that’s been at the planning stages for a long time now. It’s currently under the title ‘The Last Alive’ but like most things at this point it could all change.