Balls in the air…or, perhaps more appropriately, marbles racing down the track.

March 26, 2018: Developments On Development!

Project A: Delivered a first draft of the pilot to the network along with a revised character breakdown for quick reference and perusal.   This one an epic character-driven SF series.  I dub thee…Comet!

Project B: Have been going back and forth on this one, an adaptation of an upcoming SF novel.  I think we’ve finally got all the kinks worked out, are all on agreement on how we’re going to move forward creatively.  Next step is a follow-up call to proceeded by…a pitch deck?  I dub thee…Mocha Madness!

Project C: This adaptation of an SF pulp classic appears to be on life-support owing to a lingering rights issue.  Considering pulling the plug myself, revising it by dropping all of the elements that originated with the source material, and generating an entirely new series based on my original ideas.  Kind of a shame though.  It would have made a killer show.  I dub thee…Pollo Loco.

Project D: That slow-moving horror novel to screen adaptation is picking up steam. Options are being finalized and the deal-making has begun!  I dub thee…El Capitan!

Project E: Well, damn.  The proposed screen adaptation of this heavyweight SF author’s work is dead – at least so far as my involvement is concerned.  Sadly, they were unable to reach a deal on the option.  RIP H2-Blue.

Project F: Another book to screen adaptation, this one for an upcoming SF novel – also D.O.A.  RIP Black Knight.

Project G: Given the radio silence on this small screen to big screen adaptation of that horror/SF film, I’m calling it D.O.A. as well.  RIP Olympia.

Project H (aka Masked): This one has gone quiet as well and, while I’m disappointed, I’m not surprised.  It’s a combination of two elements broadcasters appear to be actively avoiding right now: superheroes and anthologies.  I dub thee…Marbly McMarbleface.

Project I: An original horror concept I pitched as a series that I’m reconsidering pitching as a movie instead.  My prospective new writing partner patiently awaits. I dub thee…Wisp of Darkness.

Project J: Big(ger) budget co-pro SF series in the vein of BSG.  Lots of excitement about this one a couple of months ago when the company execs and co-creators came into town, but things have been quiet since.  Have been told it’s still in play – but who knows?  I dub thee…Summer Sky.

Project K: One of the projects I was most excited about earlier this year was this proposed adaptation of a foreign format.  Ended up watching the entire first season of the original and then pitching my carefully crafted take.  Decision on this one coming in April.  Hopefully.  I dub thee…Snake’s Tub.

Project L: I pitched my take for the live action adaptation of this anime series early this year as well.  I got the sense my vision for the prospective show would be considerably more action-driven, less topical, than what they’re gunning for, but we’ll see.  I dub thee…Quicksilver.

Project M: Earlier this month, I pitched my take for the adaptation of THIS game I’d certainly heard of but never played.  This one feels like a long shot given but, boy, it would be a helluva fun show.  I dub thee…Tarantula.

Project N: A potential adaptation of this clever comic book series is still in its early stages as I attempt to hammer out a take we can all agree on.  I dub thee…Glassy.

Project O: Meanwhile, I’m preparing to pitch my take on this dark, and darkly humorous, horror series sometime next week.  I practiced my pitch on Akemi who covered her face and informed me: “I can’t watch you show.  Too scary!”  If this one goes, it will go fast.  I dub thee…Reflektor.

Project P: Another horror series, this one an original concept (not my own).  No humor, but the horror narrative and the small town setting really makes this one an appealing prospect.  I dub thee…Deep Ocean.

Project Q: Considering going the comic book route with two genre shows too big to be contained on the small screen.  The first is character-driven, near-future, Earth-based SF while the second is a rip-roarin’ ship-based far-future adventure series in the vein of Dark Matter.  Love the idea of writing an ongoing SF comic book series, unhindered by budget and the whims of programming executives.  And I already have a potential artist in mind.  I dub thee…the Flash.

And sundry original pilots in play that will warrant their own designations if and when they grow closer to fruition.

I really need to get something green lit and into production so I can take a break from all this!

24 thoughts on “March 26, 2018: Developments on Development!

    1. Yes! The Suji project. Writer Joe/Akemi, Illustrator Akemi. Series of children’s books. Then sit back and rake in the profits.

  1. Here’s hoping! Some of those sound like great options and I would probably watch any of them. Except maybe the one Akemi thought was too scary.

    But, um, you used H, I, and J twice in your list…

  2. I’m looking forward to one or more of these striking paydirt! Project I sounds familiar, so I’m hoping that may be one of the hits! 😉

    For someone who seemed to be taking some time off, you sure have a lot of irons in the fire!

  3. I do hope at least one or two get green-lit. I’ve been told by another producer that when a show gets finally green-lit an angel gets its wings. So, here’s hoping for Clarence.

  4. Yes, let’s continue to send those good vibes out to get these projects from a simmer to a boil. Now I’m craving soup. Masked will be so cool, big juicy meaty roles actors will love. What do you eat/drink to keep your mind sharp Joe? I can barely juggle–okay I’ll be honest, if I do one thing a day I’m exhausted.

  5. (Got space for a) Project R ?: Stargate Universe Soft Reboot.

    I wrote a pitch, which is currently floating/flying somewhere in planet Earth’s mailing system. (I even send a copy to General Goldfein. Yes, THAT General Goldfein.) And yes, I know my chances are (sub) zero. But sometimes you have to roll a hard six.

    1. And no, I am not joking/bragging. I really did this. I mailed it on Saturday. (Delivery times is between 3 and 6 days.) It’s a 7 page pitch. As for spoilers…Lt-Colonel Marc Vale.

  6. Holy crap, Caped Crusader! Lots of irons in the fire or as you might say “marbles in the race”! Go Go Go! Hoping you get lots of “green lights”! I’m cheering for the SF/horror, just plain horror, just plain SF and comic book. I’m easily entertained.

  7. Re; Project P…. Need a somewhat scary looking small town for that? Buildings dating back c. 1930 – 1970, some (ok… many) in really poor shape?

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