Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Gabriel's Story, The Film

About this time last year, I wrote this:

"Each year for the last six or so I've gone into December with a sense of nervous expectation. Christmas? Holiday parties? The dawning New Year? The dwindling wood pile? Yeah, all that stuff too, but what I'm talking about now is related to Tinseltown...

This is the month that I learn whether or not the movie producer Uberto Pasolini is going to renew the option he holds for Gabriel's Story. He's been connected with this movie since at least 2003. He found it on his own, just browsing for a Western novel that hooked him. He likes to say that every producer should have at least one Western in their portfolio. Apparently, Gabriel's Story is the one that works for him, and he's willing to put in the time and money over the long haul to make it happen.

So here we are again, and I can say with real joy that Redwave Films is renewing for another year. They continue to feel good about the director, Alan Taylor, and the screenplay they have. And it sounds like they feel the market for a film like this might look better soon. Uberto's been right before. I doubt Gabriel's Story would ever be a blockbuster surprise like his hit The Full Monty, but it doesn't have to be. I'd settle for a well-made movie by people that are passionate about the book and have a record of staying the course with the projects they love.

That's what I got. Cross fingers for me, please."

That's all true again this year, as well. We're going into our Eight Option period for the book! I love that. These folks really do believe in the book and the film they'd like to make of it. Tenacity has to pay off eventually, right? Hey, Jaden Smith isn't even old enough to play the lead yet. But he will be soon...

Also, looks like they spent last year working hard on getting a film called Bel Ami made. It'll be out next year, starring some guy called Robert Pattinson, along with Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Colm Meaney.

Okay, now I'm going to go splash my face with cold water...

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Blogger Bryan Russell said...

True Grit rekindling some love of the western probably can't hurt, I'd think?

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Shawn Crawford said...

Great news David! Adaptions of novels into film are always a tricky thing. Fortunately, in this case, it sounds like you have a good group of artists with a proven track record.

That said, it's still Hollywood, where there's the tendency to simplify--make grey morality black and white, throw in a little gratuitous T and A, whitewash characters of color, etc--all under the notion that this is what the people want and what sells.

Not that I mean to rain on your parade! After all, it could just as easily turn out to be true to your story--a great Western.

Maybe we can talk about this more next month at Stonecoast? An interesting subject, to say the least.

Shawn Crawford

2:56 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Yes, here's hoping True Grit is a success!


Absolutely. Let's talk at Stonecoast!

9:32 AM  

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