Having a verrry quiet little holiday out in East Hampton, with not much in the way of Internet access, which is just fine. I'm onto the third draft of Unseen
. Everybody's a little bit sick, so it's a lot of long naps in the afternoon, usually when Jesse's asleep.
The big question is whether to bump Rebecca down from 16 years old to 12 years old in Unseen
. I'd rather she was 16 because it's not really a kid's movie. But the story is strangely virginal -- she has no love interest. And more importantly, I have the impression that you can make a movie about a 12 year old that adults watch (think Harry Potter
) while you can't make a movie about a 16 year old that adults watch. Supernatural movies about 16 year olds seem to be made for teens to watch. (Think all the horror and slasher pictures.) This isn't a horror movie, it's an adventure story.
But making her 12 just seems to feel wrong. I started to try it, but I didn't like the results. So it's back to 16. Hope that doesn't create major problems in setting the picture up.
I'm also torn because I think this is a story that could work in the States -- rewriting it for New York would be no problem -- but that throws the script into the huge pond of rejectable specs that I so happily left four years ago. On the other hand it's a pretty big project for a Canadian picture.
None of which helps writing the best story I know how to write, but troubles me, because there's no point pouring all this love and imagination and effort into the story if it's just going to end up in the recycle bin.
And so I continue to ponder ...