A few days early, I finished my goal of writing three screenplays in six weeks, a feat I never thought I could master. The scripts for the first first two, code-named KRASNIKOV and SEQUENCE SIX, have already been approved by the producer and are ready to roll on. The last one, THE HORRIBLE ASP, I boomed out to director Mark Polonia this morning after ten days of feverish writing, getting up early and working through lunch hours and working late at night, and I hope to hear about it soon.
I wrote them so fast I don't think they could be any crazier, with demonic possession, time travel, alien invasions, telepathic sharks, zombies, creepy dolls, haunted houses, mad scientists, cavemen, crazy cat ladies, and of course caged women forced to fight for their freedom. And a bunch of stuff I can't remember right this second.
If you think that last one was a riff on a movie I watched over, and over again, on late-night cable, LUST FOR FREEDOM, suffice to say I have waited a lifetime for this opportunity. But what I am really riffing on, and what inspired me, was the work of b-movie director Thomas Mann, who in 1950 used a small troupe of aging western stars and shot six cowboy movies in 30 days using some pretty interesting methods that have not, to my knowledge, been replicated before or since. I think this achievement deserves wider recognition, and have been such an advocate for Mr. Mann's work that I convinced Mark Polonia to buy these movies off of Amazon and see it for himself. And, with my birthday money, I just did the same thing as a little present to myself for driving myself bats (and probably my wife) getting these done in time.
I actually deposited most of my birthday money like a good homeowner who wants new linoleum, but I also bought SUBURRA by Carlo Bonini and Giancarlo De Cataldo, which just came out in paperback from World Noir a couple of weeks ago. I have had my eye on this one for a while, having seen the Italian film version of the novel as well as hearing about the Netflix series coming out soon. It is a noir that takes place in the suburban area of Rome called Ostia (which I have visited via rail a number of times). Eager to dive into the book, and report back. Especially now that I have a little time on my hands.
Speaking of time on my hands, I did finish WESTWORLD, and liked it okay. Every time it got a little overheated it would be a little philosophical again, and then veer back, and then veer back again. But worth watching.
Thanks for hanging in there. More news soon.