My dream project, if you’re scoring at home…

…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

“All Earthly Constraints” Character Breakdowns

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.