I chatted tonight with Matthias, the Producer/Director, who plans to bring my screenplay, .33 Reverse Gunther, to the big screen.
The script is a black comedy about a bank teller who hires a gang of homicidal thugs to rob his branch. Oddly enough, things go horribly wrong with the supposedly flawless plan and chaos ensues.
I asked Matthias how things were going with the budget, and he said he felt comfortable making the movie for $1.5M. I cracked a joke that we could add color and sound if he came up with another million.
Matthias countered that he would be able to shoot it in 3D if we had $3M. He quickly got serious, though, and added that 3D trickery wasn’t necessary for Gunther because the flick would be all about the great writing.
That, my friends, is how a Producer/Director earns the Screenwriter’s undying loyalty. It really is all about the script. The screenplay attracts talent and financing. If there isn’t a great story, there isn’t going to be a movie.
It completely blows my mind that a product of my imagination could entice people to fork over a seven digit budget to bring the story to life. That’s a very humbling concept, and I just got chills again typing that sentence.
How could I not see that as an incredible show of faith in my storytelling skills? I entertain you, Modern Philosophers, for free on a daily basis, and love knowing that I make you laugh and you keep coming back for more. But just think about it…if Gunther gets made at the low estimate of a $1.5M budget, that’s 50 years of my current salary.
It boggles the mind. My Deep Thoughts are sprinkled with dollar signs, and it’s raining Benjamins up in the champagne room of my brain.
Matthias asked me to remind you, Modern Philosophers, how important you are going to be to the film’s success. I plan to keep a production diary via the blog, and we would love it if you spread the word about the movie, shared the posts with friends on social media, and assisted us in a grassroots word of mouth advertising campaign.
Keep your fingers crossed that there is an official green light on the project soon. Get used to hearing that title, .33 Reverse Gunther, on this blog.
Thanks, as always, for your support!