We released our official writer’s drafts of episodes 1 and 2 today. Paul and I co-wrote #1 (the pilot), but I did the solo honours on #2. After some discussion, we’ve decided to start writing separately. In truth, we’ve been writing separately for years now, but this is the first time we won’t be sharing the onscreen writing credit. Or Exec Producer credits as we’ll be both be prepping the show through the start of principal photography, but only I will travel to Toronto to oversee production. That’s the plan for season one anyway. Who knows how things will shake out if and when we get that season 2 pick-up.
Delivered notes on episode #3 and hope to have a revised draft by Monday. I’ll jump on it and then send it Paul’s way. He’s going to do a pass on my first draft of episode #4 tomorrow and Friday and then, by end of next week, we should (hopefully) be able to release official writer’s drafts of both of those scripts as well.
Paul has a busy September ahead of him writing episodes #5 and #6. I’ve already sent Robert Cooper the first two scripts as well as a link to the series overview. I’ll be sending him outlines – including the outline to his story, episode #7 – by this weekend. Trevor has already started thinking about episode #8.
I’ve almost 40 pages into the script for episode 9 and I hope to have that done by this weekend as well. A real character-driven story this one, quite dark at times but darkly humorous too.
We’re deep into discussion on directors. There are a few I’ve worked with in the past that I’d REALLY like to work with again. The fact that we’ll be shooting the show in Toronto somewhat complicates matters in that respect – and as far as casting goes as well – but I’m sure we’ll see some familiar faces both in front of and behind the cameras all the same.
Speaking of which – I offered my thoughts on the casting breakdown for our seven roles. We are wide open in terms of age, ethnicity and, in the case of one character, gender.
Next week, we’re going to get on a Skype conference with our production designer in an attempt to hammer out the ship and space station designs. As I mentioned in a previous post, details like the locations of the airlock and the shuttle shell needed to be decided. As far as the look of the space station goes, we’ve seen some incredibly inventive concepts, but we still need to address issues of scale and those all important docking procedures.
I spoke to Vanessa today about the official announcement. Apparently, we’re almost there. Hopefully sometime in September – before I leave for Japan.
Finally, in addition to working on the new show, I took the time to reading a truly awesome book, This Is Where I Leave You by Jonahthan Tropper – highly recommended, and watching a truly awesome series, Fargo created by Noah Hawley who wrote all ten episodes of the show’s self-contained first season – also highly recommended. Hannibal is up next!