Sunday, November 18, 2012

I have a movie option!

I know the siren song of the movies. I've had about five options on my novels, and all of them fell apart. For three days, Madonna wanted to make INTO THIN AIR her directorial debut, and then she went off on tour. I had LIVING OTHER LIVES about to go into principal photography, with a script written by an Obie-winning writer, when the director vanished. I almost had a deal for Pictures of You, but then the actress interested went off to do a studio-funded film.

I started writing my own scripts, and I got into the first round of the prestigious Sundance Screenwriting Lab! They pick 12 next month, and though I am not holding my breath or crossing any fingers, it's still exciting.

High Infidelity was a piece I wrote for Victoria Zackheim's anthology, THE OTHER WOMAN. About murderous shrinks and betrayal in love and friendship, it garnered a lot of attention, and got me on The Today Show twice! It's option by Wishbone Films, which tickles me, because I used to write Wishbone books, which includes Tracey Becker, whose Finding Neverland (with Johnny Depp) won an Oscar, Andrea Monier and Julie Eringer.

I am so completely thrilled.

I know it takes forever for films to be made--if they are made--but I also know that dreaming is a whole lot of fun.


Polly Frost said...


Karen Fisher-Alaniz said...

Congratulations! And you're right, dreaming is a whole lot of fun. I so agree, and you can drag that dream out if you do it just right.I had a nibble on my memoir, Breaking the Code, by Sony Pictures. That was almost a year ago. I haven't once asked my publisher how that is going. I'm sure the decision to pass on it was made long ago, but hey - why stop dreaming? Ignorance is bliss! ~Karen

Unknown said...

I am dancing with the dog!! This could not be more well-deserved.

Anonymous said...

Ha! Karen! I know. I've had so many films that never ever got made, but it's the dreaming that is fun. And a year is nothing. I bet your film gets MADE!!!||


Karen Fisher-Alaniz said...

Really? Well, then from your lips to God's ears! is still God who's in charge right? Or did a Hollywood producer move up the list and take His place? Ha! (just kidding, God) Karen

The Torg said...

I've had some similar experiences and those experiences also prompted me to start writing scripts and then do my first documentary film. I've got a second one shot. It's been good times following stories into digital spaces. :)

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