It’s Good to be the King
Just finished the first draft of what turned out to be a complete reimagining and rewrite of PB — I mean, UP & COMING — that is, IT’S GOOD TO BE THE KING.
I feel great. It needs work, I know. But there are some great moments in there. Some really funny stuff. Some bits I never would’ve thought I could or would come up with, but there they are.
And get this: About four days ago, I was sort of stuck on page 52. And tonight, I finished at the very bottom of page 99. Seriously — I didn’t type END because it would’ve been the only word on page 100.
I worked my ass off this week — Wednesday I wrote 10 pages, then 10 pages again Thursday, then only 4 last night and… 17 TODAY.
Yes, you read right. Not a typo. I wrote 17 pages today. And I’m not even fried. And they don’t suck. There is a Zone and I was in it. Hope I find it again one day.
Actually, I have my husband to thank for my recent productivity — he surprised me a week ago with a laptop as an early anniversary gift (XOXO!).
Since he gave it to me, I’ve only written on it and not on the PC at all. Even took it to a coffee shop today and knocked out some pages there. (Way fun to sit in a coffee shop in my little nowhere town, 3,000 miles from Hollywood, writing not a script but a movie and to get a call on my cell from my producer, a guy whose previous movies most of the people around me in the coffee shop have surely seen…)
Oh– also, the deadline for a locked first draft has been extended from May 1st to May 7th (good thing, too). The producer just sent me notes on the first 50 pages and they’re very doable. I expect to have the first 50 lock-ready in a couple days.
Also, the reason they’re pushing for a locked script by a certain date is apparently the investors are planning to take it to the Cannes Festival to sell distribution. (I know — crazy, huh? I had no idea they did that without a finished film. Note to self: learn more about the business side of the business.)
Let’s see, what else…? Producer has been talking to a director he’s worked with before, a guy who’s great with comedy and has done a bunch of films in this genre. Hope he comes on board.
And I guess that’s that, for now…