Your input is requested: Out of everything I’ve written, what story do you think would make the best movie? Crusade? Henry County Horror? Inquisitors? Expedition? Maybe something else? I’m interested in your input. What would YOU pay money to see on the big screen.
The reason I’m asking: NO, I am not going to make a movie, so just calm right on down. I’ve done my research. Getting a script accepted in the traditional way, with the treatments and the submissions and the re-writes, etc… is work. No, I mean WORK, work…. as in, you spend more time doing bullshit than you do actually writing the damn script… and then it doesn’t pay all that well. I know this already, and I refuse to play that game. HOWEVER, as I’ve said elsewhere, I’m always looking for new ways to tell a story (thus, the “Book of Dark Places”) and I’ve got a couple of old screenwriting books and some screenwriting software that I have never used. Might be fun to actually learn to do this thing. But I don’t want to take too much energy away from what I’m already doing, so I’d rather not have to think up something entirely new just to play around with. If I come up with a good enough product, maybe some internet-based content folks might be interested. Most likely I’ll just post it in the Library for comments.
Dirty little secret: This isn’t the first time I’ve had this idea. There used to be a script for a movie based on “A Little Evil” floating around somewhere on one of these hard drives. I’m 95% sure it doesn’t exist any more, or else I’d share it. The result of that experiment was a decent story, but wasn’t exactly in the “proper” format of a script. There was also a script for a science fiction story that I wrote years before. Again, a decent tale, but this time I was totally guessing at what a properly formatted script looked like. Neither script was suitable for a full-length movie, which was ironic considering that, back then, I actually WAS intending to get them produced.
So what do you think?