Sunday, June 26, 2011

"So What are You Working On?"

I hear the question all the time. "So what are you working on?" Do you really want to know? For me, as it is for most professional screenwriters, the question has an absurdly long answer. You can read all about it on Quora:

Which Quorites have screenwriting projects in progress?


Kike said...

I read somewhere that you are very proud of your "Hercules" screenplay. Actually, I have fear on this project.

Dont get me wrong, I have no doubt of your writing skills. But there are like 1000 thousand of Hercules (or HERAKLES, actually) movies out there and NO ONE get it right. The italian sword & sandals epics, the Lou Ferrigno space adventures, the Kevin Sorbo series, the multiple animated versions, the tv movie from 2005... all of them are crap.

No one get the power of the character right. No one get the mood of the ancient world right. No one get the conflict with the gods right. No one get the deep tragedy right. No one even tried to adapt the 12 original tasks!!!

I'm a GREAT fan of greek's myths and I really have no much confidence in Hollywood. I never liked 300 comic book style. The Clash of the titans remake was terrible. I enjoyed Troy but they commit the error to adapt the Illiad in a "realistic" way.

Can you clear up some of my doubts?

Phantom of Pulp said...

It's always an odd question because most creative types have several things on the boil or on simmer. It gets a bit tiring discussing work that hasn't yet found a satisfactory shape.

Sean Hood said...

Phantom... yes I have to agree. I tend to talk about the projects that are already in some sort of finished form...although if the person I'm talking to is smart and perceptive, I might run an idea past them just to get their thoughts.

Sean Hood said...

Kike...I am a big fan of Greek Mythology as well, particularly Robert Fagles translations of The Odyssey, The Iliad, and his translations of plays by Sophocles and Aeschylus.

I spent a lot of time trying to get the tone of the ancient world and the character of Hercules (aka Herakles) right.

Phantom of Pulp said...

Agree, Sean. The problem becomes finding smart and perceptive people. They're in increasingly shorter supply.