When people ask me what I’m working on, I will always list at least a half-dozen projects in various stages of development. At present, it’s actually eight. It may seem like a lot but the truth is, in this business, you never know: what’s going to move forward, what will be delayed, what will get killed, and what will get picked up. Especially the latter. Some seven years ago, I was 99% certain a drama series I had developed was about to get the green light while a sci-fi series I had pitched was D.O.A. In the span of 24 hours, that drama series was dead and the sci-fi series got picked up. Hello, Dark Matter.
There’s absolutely no way to know what a given buyer will take a shine to. Often, it all comes down to timing. And that’s why it’s always a good idea to have multiple projects on the go. Of course you’ll always have your personal favorites, or the ones you deem most likely to spark interest, but best not to get too attached because if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that you should always expect the unexpected. Such was the case yesterday morning when I received an email by a buyer expressing interest in a pilot I wrote a while ago, a script that I had assumed would never get produced. Well, surprise surprise. Needless to say, nothing is a given. It could all amount to nothing. But, for now, that supernatural small town mystery has vaulted into first place like Lollopop overtaking Black Knight in the windy part of Jelle’s Sand Marble Rally:
A little Yes/No for you…
— Joseph Mallozzi (@BaronDestructo) December 18, 2020
As someone rightly pointed out on twitter, the biggest concern isn’t the spam-oreo combination but that layer of mysterious white substance.
I did a fun interview this morning with the Midnight’s Edge broadcast. We touch on Stargate and Dark Matter but mostly focus on writing and the t.v. industry. Check out if you’re interested:
Set your alarms for tomorrow, at 1 pm ET, when I rejoin the incredible David Read for another in-depth Stargate discussion as part of the Dial the Gate video series. Tomorrow, we’ll be talking about SG-1’s fifth season and such episodes as The Fifth Man, The Tomb, Desperate Measures, Summit, Last Stand, Fail Safe, Revelations, and, of course, Wormhole X-Treme! I suspect we may also touch on using a toaster to power a stargate, the Aschen and their suspect vaccine, and the death of Daniel Jackson (his first but certainly not his last!).