Those of you who follow this blog regularly or have taken the time to check out the “About” page, know I am a screenwriter. I started this blog as a defense against Writer’s Block, but I also use it to post updates whenever anything interesting happens in that part of my life.
My screenplay, The Retirement Party, was produced and was supposed to have been released at the end of 2011, but it has yet to make it to the big screen. In the meantime, the production company has seemingly vanished and will not return calls or emails from me or from my lawyer.
This has been very frustrating for me. It’s a cruel form of torture to get this close to walking down the red carpet, and then have nothing happen instead. People still come up to me and ask me when the movie is going to be released. I did radio and television interviews up here in Maine to promote the movie. I didn’t even mind when, in one of the radio interviews, the septuagenarian host kept hitting on The Girl Who Is My Rock rather than asking me about the movie. She was blushing and flattered to have the attention of a radio icon, plus she was also very proud of the dorky writer guy sitting next to her.
It hurts even more because this is a very personal script. It’s about me (Justin = Austin. Very tricky!) and my decision to retire from dating after a bad break up. Obviously, I want this movie to be released so everyone can know how pathetic my life once was… (only partially joking).
I woke up this morning to find a message from one of the movie’s producers. After over a year without any contact, he was reaching out to me with a message simply asking me to call him. You don’t do that to a writer! My imagination has already run through hundreds of scenarios as to why he wants to talk. At least it kept me distracted on my run this morning, and might explain how I wound up two towns over and without any idea of where I was.
Like I’ve always said, being a screenwriter is like buying a lottery ticket, forgetting about it, and then finding out you have the winning numbers. Out of the blue, there could be a phone call or a message that could change my life forever.
Let’s hope this message is of the positive life altering variety. Keep your fingers crossed, Modern Philosophers. I’ll let you know what happens. And for those of you who have never seen the trailer for The Retirement Party, here it is…