…is to write the screenplay and/or direct the adaptation of Lev Grossman‘s The Magicians. I must have read this book literally twenty times last year. I have never identified with a fictional character like I did with Quentin Coldwater- well, maybe Jay Gatsby. Quentin “really believes in magic,” which is true one way or another of every lead character in every one of my movies and scripts. And he gets hurt because of it, a lot, which is also true for my characters.
Anyway, they will probably do the movie soon and get someone who’s all famous and stuff. I wish I knew people at CAA and was in a position to lobby for this.
ps I should add here that I was always, always, always* a magic-user in D&D and to this day do not understand why anyone ever wanted to be any other class.
*and will be in the game my grown-up brother is starting with his kids
This is the end of the movie. I clipped it out because, looking back with the perspective of a year, I am pretty proud of it. Of course there are a million things that could have been done better, but still, I think it works.
DARIUS (late 30s-40s) is Emily’s evil boss at the ice cream shop. He’s a natty dresser: cardigans, bowties, elbow patches. He’s greying a little around the temples. He gives off the vibe of a professor who enjoys taking out his personal failings on the undergrads. He’s the kind of guy who would make the perfect villain in a movie. He looks like he just got finished building a Mind Obfuscation Ray and mounting it on an asteroid.
JOHN (20s – early 30s) is the self-styled leader of a group of “struggling” screenwriters who review each other’s work. John wears all black, hair product, and big wide-lapeled collars. He’s always scribbling notes in a little notebook. He’s a fanatic about parliamentary procedure and critiques taking place in strict counter-clockwise order. John thinks he’s cool. John likes to lecture people about “what sells” in the “industry.”
EMILY (20s) is a struggling screenwriter who works in an ice cream shop (but don’t call her “struggling!”). Emma, the lead character in Emily’s screenplay, is a struggling screenwriter who works in a coffee shop. But Emma is also secretly “Emmageddon,” a superheroine who brings down doom upon her enemies with the razor-sharp wit and impeccable manners of a Jane Austen heroine. (In outer space, on an asteroid hurtling towards the Earth.)
DYLAN (20s) is another struggling screenwriter in Emily’s writers group. Dylan likes “Emmageddon.” Dylan likes Emily. Dylan lacks confidence. Dylan is afraid to let anyone read his writing- until Emily and Emmageddon force him to break out of his shell.
Emily is a struggling screenwriter who works in an ice cream shop (but don’t call her “struggling!”). Emma, the lead character in Emily’s screenplay, is a struggling screenwriter who works in a coffee shop. But Emma is also secretly “Emmageddon” – a superheroine who brings down doom upon her enemies with the razor-sharp wit and impeccable manners of a Jane Austen heroine. (And the whole thing takes place in outer space, on an asteroid hurtling towards the Earth.) It’s not a comedy.
Emily’s writers group thinks her script is self-indulgent and masturbatory. Except for Dylan. Dylan likes the script. Dylan likes Emily. Darius, Emily’s boss at the ice cream shop, doesn’t like Emily. She’s always late, she has an attitude, and also her screenplay “Emmageddon” is a revelation of Darius’s real, actual plot to use an asteroid-mounted mind-erase ray to destroy the ambitions of all struggling artist-types everywhere, and rid the world forever of the plague of unrealistic artistic aspiration. Darius wishes they could all just accept it and be happy at their day jobs. He’s a humanitarian, really.
But Emily and Dylan disagree. So does Emily’s alter-ego, Emmageddon (she keeps the suit in her closet). And so they must confront Darius to once and for all decide the fate of all struggling artists everywhere (but don’t call them “struggling!”). And they must confront him with the razor-sharp wit and impeccable manners of Jane Austen heroines, in outer space, on an asteroid hurtling towards the Earth!