Rumor has it that Roger Spottiswoode is finally getting his adaptation of The Spire
by William Golding off the ground. I hope so. His screenplay is one of the best unproduced screenplays I've read, along with Ehren Kruger's dragon story Mythic
and Barry Schneider's epic prison escape The Sailmaker
One of the frustrating things about working in development is you sometimes read marvelous things that you don't have the wherewithal to get off the ground. I got Ehren Kruger's script optioned, and Barry Schneider's too, at different companies, but so far as I know the movies are still in development hell...
Speaking of which, I just noticed that Kruger won the Nicholls for Arlington Road,
subsequently starring Tim Robbins and Jeff Bridges. Thus confirming my belief that the Nicholls is a real contest, while others are not.
I'd be interested to know what contests are worthwhile. It's not cheap to enter any of them.
See this post:
I LOVED Arlington Road. I haven't seen it in a long time and it might be past time to rent it again ...
my favourite unproduced script is Sprockets by Mike Myers. I laughed myself silly reading it
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