It’s full steam ahead on the project front! While A.K.A. is still in development limbo, Southern Gothic (the pilot I co-wrote with our friend Tara Yelland) has garnered some early interest. My U.S. agent will be reading it this weekend and will get back to me early this week with his take on a prospective strategy. Also in his inbox for a weekend read is that SF actioner I finished about a week and a half ago. My Canadian agent thought it “Loads of fun” and suggested we send it to The Big Boys to see if they’d be interested in wading into the t.v. waters. Meanwhile, I’m in the process of juggling three different pilots (in response to one of my agents’ request for something a little more provocative and a lot less genre). I had a terrific idea for a script and got five pages in before getting bogged down by issues related to ex-convicts and driver’s licenses. I spend an afternoon researching and finally figured out how I was going to tweak the outline – and then got distracted by the second script. I pitched Paul a sucker-punch dark tease which I went ahead and wrote, pitched him a general outline and then went ahead and completed ten pages before – getting distracted yet again, this time by an idea for a third script inspired by horrifically true events. And that’s the pilot I’ve been working on over the past few days. I just hit the 28 page mark and am hoping to push past 30 (and the cafeteria scene) tonight. In the case of all three pilots-in-progress, I know exactly where I’m going and, most importantly, where I want to end up. And, like Dark Matter, A.K.A., Southern Gothic, and the actioner, all three will end on some great Holy Sh*t! moments. Oh, and speaking of Dark Matter – things have miraculously picked up on that front. Given past experience, I’m not about to start jumping up and down, but I will note how, in this business, the fortunes of certain projects can turn on a dime.
The results of our June Book of the Month Club are in and the winner is:
Evening’s Empire by Paul McAuley
Our June BOTMC discussion will begin June 2nd.
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Continuing our Stargate: Atlantis re-watch with…Akemi and…The Queen
Without a background on the retrovirus, she found Keller’s pitch to Todd in the tease downright wild: “What the f*%k this crazy wraith plan?” But she WAS onboard.
As is customary with most wraith episodes, she had plenty to say about the bad hair. Also, with regard to Ronon: “Handsome guy need haircut.” Little did she realize he already got a haircut earlier in the season and has been wigged ever since.
A deeper, better understanding of our new coloful allies seemed to go over well: “Wraith, so friendly!” And she did enjoy the individual personalities shining through.
Much less love for Teyla’s transformation which, quite simply, she didn’t buy: “How did Teyla turn into wraith? What kind of surgery did she do? So hard to believe. It’s like turning people into pug. I don’t think it’s okay to shortcut that part. Don’t you think weird?”. But we saw the surgery scenes, didn’t we? Well, okay, not exactly…
And, of course, the usual highlights: “Pretty good makeup! I like the shooting scenes with the ships.”
All in all, pretty enjoyable although: “This episode have a lot of question marks.”
Today’s entry is dedicated to blog regular Jeff W.