Awwww, man. I’m at the “gaming challenge” portion of the outline and coming up with puzzles is NOT my forte. I spent the morning reviewing some of the classics: timed doors, water levels, moving blocks, reflecting sunlight with strategically placed mirrors, and, of course, searching the room for the hidden password or combination. After much brain bending, I came up with three suitable variations. That’s the good news. The bad news is I’m only in Act 2.
Speaking of gaming, I have a zoom this Thursday to discuss the adaptation of sci-fi video game. After reading the deck, I spent a few hours watching gameplay and, have to say it, there’s some incredible world building here in addition to some really great character work. They apparently want to discuss going the feature route but I can’t help but think this would make a really great series.
And speaking of adaptations, we’re about to lock the final piece into place on our Promise of Blood (Powder Mage) pitch and we’re aiming for an early summer pitch tour.
Hey, you know what I hate? When you write a pilot and, soon after, a movie or t.v. series comes out with the exact same premise. So, embittered, you shelf the script, forget all about it until eight years later when a production company reads it and wants to talk to you about it. And you can’t help but wonder if, maybe, they just didn’t see that other movie/series. Or, if they did and still want to move forward, that maybe all the buyers will draw the obvious comparisons. Or, maybe, you can find a way to change the script enough to make it distinct, like Armageddon and Deep Impact or Turner & Hooch and K9 were completely different.
P.S. The truth is anything you write will be similar to something else. I remember when the trailer for Dark Matter dropped, some complained: “Hey, this is just Pandorum: The Series”. Fortunately, those people were not buyers.
You know what I also hate? Mistaking your wife’s miso paste for your homemade peanut butter – and not realizing it until you try your protein shake.
Awaiting word on a few other scripts, a couple of other projects. In the meantime, gotta say, I’m a little disappointed in some of the old team. If I was grading – which I am – I’d give them an A-, two D’s, and a big fat F for F-fort.
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