I knew it would happen, sooner or later.
When my critique group finished the third draft of my (then) unpublished romantic suspense novel, The Right Wrong Man, each of them independently concluded their final review with a list of the actors who should play my characters in a movie.
“Guys,” I responded modestly. “I need to get this published first. Then let’s dream about Jennifer Lawrence for Meredith, and Channing Tatum for Parker.”
“No!” They all chimed in. “Channing should be Gregory!” I ignored them, dotted my “i’s” and wrote two more drafts before I hit “Ping.”
Amazon sold 10,000 copies by week 6.
On week 8, I received an e-mail from Julia Robert’s agent.
On week 9, Bradley Cooper phoned me directly.
The bidding war began.
On the first anniversary of my publication date, the movie was optioned, sold, and at my insistence, I had a role as 3rd screenwriter on set, which became larger as each day of shooting progressed.
The chosen actress to play Meredith (and I can’t divulge that secret here), knocked on my trailer at 8:10 every morning. “Ms. Wight, the other writer says Meredith belches. Meredith would never belch. Please, please rewrite the rewritten script and fix it!”
Then the actor I hungered over, um, I mean, that Meredith hungered over, joined me for a glass of wine at the end of the day’s shooting. “We have a problem,” he stated in his famous deep growl. “The director is demanding I punch Carlos in the face and break his nose. You and I know that is NOT Parker’s style. Please, fix it!”
I taunted the producer, tweaked the direction, tamed the actors, and a year later, the movie THE RIGHT WRONG MAN was a hit.
And guess who was nominated for Best Screenwriter?
Oh, yes, this is a fantasy. But you do know the definition of “fantasy,” don’t you?
That’s right: “The creative imagination.” Or, “unrestrained fancy.”
A writer should never be restrained, nor lack creativity OR imagination.
Because, my dear readers, as Einstein explained;
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”
Now, speaking of coming attractions, who would YOU choose to play Parker and Gregory?
Just so, you know, I’m prepared when that phone call comes in.
19 thoughts on “Hollywood Comes Callling”
Big stars like to read their books on paper. And so do I! How’s that hard copy coming along. 🙂
Nag, nag, nag. I haven’t had time to create the soft cover – all those Hollywood phone calls, you know…!
I’m sure Robert Redford would want one, too.
Ahh, now you’re motivating me where it counts!
It sounds VERY real to me – Marcia
Well, in the other dimension of the universe, it is.
OK, you had me going! Thanks for the reminder, the importance of fantasy. Didn’t Anne Rice say something along the lines of: Life is SO bizarre these days that fantasy seems the best way to get at its truths. Something like that. . . .
Well, yes, I like that quote too. I agree – fantasy is a wonderful way of digging into the real truths of just about anything.
It pays to be prepared. And it pays to have a fantasy or two. I have several every time I buy a lottery ticket. Fun post, Pamela!
Well, publishing and getting your book noticed IS like the lottery in a way, isn’t it? 🙂
It is like the lottery…consider how many books are published every year and it’s just like that! Check your email, Wight. 🙂
I am woefully unprepared to answer your question….honestly don’t know any of the young actors or actresses! But, it is fun to think of your book turning into a movie and you a screenwriter, so I definitely think you need to prepare! If not for The Wright Wrong Man, than surely for Twin Desires!
Yes, yes. Now you can help me decide who should play Sandra and Blake/Alex. Hmmmm.
It was fantasy? Not 100% true? I don’t believe it. I know it’s already happened. You are that convincing. 😉
That’s what good fiction does – convince the reader it’s real, right?
On the other hand, I know you have some psychic abilities, so maybe it IS real, just not quite yet…
You got me with this one! I’m halfway through twins and loving it!
Loved ‘getting’ you.
Glad you’re enjoying Twin Desires. Look forward to seeing your review when you’re finished.
I love the Einstein quote! What a great example of how important it is to dream and never stop dreaming as a writer. It’s what keeps us going.
Dirty little secret: When I do my character charts for a novel, I scour google and find the best people to be my character (often actors and actresses. LOL)
Thanks for sharing your secret! I think a number of us open the same secret (on-line) door you do. (I also cut out pictures from magazines that look like the characters I’m writing about…)
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