SUNNY LA... SNOWY NY?
My agent emailed me the other day that one of my cop scripts was liked by a particular cable channel in LA. It's a buddy cop/crime drama. The producers, say says, aren't interested in buying the script but liked my writing style. It seems the channel is developing its own crime drama and in February will put together a staff. She said I might get the chance to come out to sunny California to meet the producers. She said "it's better than a kick in the head", which is her way of saying getting rejected flat out. I agree.
Normally news like this would have me doing cartwheels... but I know this business and a lot of false, well-meant promises are made every day -- deals fall through, producers leave companies, scripts get abandoned, writers get dropped like hot potatoes. So, I'm being realistic about the whole thing. If it happens, and they're willing to pay for me to come out to L.A. to meet, I will do cartwheels. But for now... it's just talk... which is better than a kick in the head.
My friend Patrick invited me to a SAG screening of "Brokeback Mountain" and it was excellent. After the movie was shown, the cast Heath Ledge, Michelle Williams and Anne Hathaway and director Ang Lee gave a Q&A. It was amazing! Now my friend Patrick is Chinese and very subtle about everything. I thought we were just going to see a free movie... while we're eating Mexican before the screening, he informs me that Ang Lee and the cast will be there too! I nearly choked on my taco. I'm a big fan of Ang Lee's work (except for The Hulk which I didn't see). He gives a story a chance to unfold and uses beautiful images. With "Brokeback Mountain" he does the same. The story is solid, the characters tragic, and the acting great. To just label this movie "a gay cowboy movie" is a disservice. It's a powerful story about people realizing what they have and not having the courage to embrace it until it's too late.
Christmas is approaching. We had a beautiful snow fall in New York yesterday. The city never looked better. I better get to shopping.