That's the working title of my new screenplay. I haven't officially started to write it yet. It's at the gestation stage. I'm seeing the movie play out in my head, making a rough outline of key scenes and developments, picking names for the characters and music to reflect the time period (present and early 1990s). I'm gearing up to write a first draft by summer when I can't keep the movie in my head anymore and it's ready to commit to paper.
Have you ever had a story basically tap you on the shoulder and say "write me". In this case, it feels like that. It's a story that started coming to me in drips and drabs over the past few years, especially whenever I drove through a small town. It's one of those stories where you can't move forward unless you visit the past. A story about redemption -- like in the tone of The Wrestler.
What is your favorite movie about redemption? Where a character returns to pay for his sins? Can you think of any? Where a character starts out bad in the story and evolves to become a better human being?
Look at the news lately -- wow -- talk about redemption. What is going on with people? Every day it's another person falling into disgrace and public humiliation? Human nature doesn't seem so pretty in the press lately. Someone referred to the news the other day as Cheat TV.
I love stories about second chances (although some of these athletes, celebrities and politicians don't deserve it) but we're all capable of letting people down... it's how you get back up and correct the situation (if you can). Flaws. Redemption. Forgiveness. Hope.
Great mix for a screenplay.
PS -- If you know of a terrific redemption movie, e-mail me your pick.