I’ve written a half-dozen screenplays now, and all of them need a rewrite. At this point, I think only two of them have a chance in hell of ever being made into a movie. Why?
The two that I think have potential are stories that obsessed me, stories that seemed to flow out of my heart and scream to be typed into my computer. They are also stories that make a strong social statement.
Why did I write the others? Different reasons. One time I challenged myself to write a script that took place in one location. Thought it would be easy to sell. But I couldn’t wrap my heart around the story and because of that the story feels flat. Doubt it’ll ever be made. In fact, I doubt I’ll ever get around to doing another draft. I don’t believe in the project anymore.
For me, it is much easier to write a SP if I believe in the story. For me, the story must do more than entertain. It must have a message and I think my future feature projects will contain a social message. It’s where I’m leaning.
Most stories have messages, lessons to be learned, statements to make. But, my statement will be bigger than “don’t forget to lock the doors or the boogy man will get you”. For me, it’s got to be there or I can’t immerse myself in the project, can’t believe in it enough to devote so much of my life to it.
The trick will be to make a social statement WHILE creating an entertaining script. Now, that’s the challenge! And I accept the challenge with all my heart!
I think “The Screenplay”, my current project, is that. It’s a thriller with a huge social statement. And that’s all I can tell you right now!