I’ve written before that the script that I’ve always wanted to write was an adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land. Like many writers, that isn’t the only thing on my list. There are a few more:
Terminator (Any Flavor)
After the self-indulgence that was The Connor Wars, I think it’s fair to say that I’d be up for writing anything terminatory. A new Sarah Connor Chronicles, a new franchise movie (I’ve got some ideas), a continuation of TCW. I really enjoy the universe, and I think I’ve shown that I have a fairly good idea of what will garner some fan support.
Yes, the script that has broken greater writers than I. And yet I’d still like to do it. Now…I’m not a comic book guy. I read some. I had a killer silver-age collection in my youth of the first years of X-Men, Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, and the full collection of Legion of Super-Heroes through 1969. Also were many Batmans, Supermans, and yes…Wonder Woman. They were all, of course, tossed by my mom (living the cliché) in an OCD cleaning frenzy one day when I was at school.
The myth and legend of Wonder Woman happens to overlap with a lot of what I love to write about. Though I’m sure fan-boys/girls who have every plotline memorized would kill me, I’ve respected the character since back when you could get a WW comic for 12¢ an issue (and sometimes for just 10¢). A strong female-led, action-oriented story with issues of morality, ethics, and faith. I mean, who wouldn’t want to write that?
Speaking of strong female-led, action-oriented stories with issues of morality, ethics, and faith… I’m currently developing one now. It’s a story I’ve wanted to write for a while. We’ll see how it turns out.
It doesn’t all have to be about movies and TV. With the birth of web-targeted video over the past few years, it’s become clear that the old packages might not be the only packages.
Something that I thought about a decade ago was writing what would essentially be audition pieces for actors that where tailored to what the actor was after–whether to showcase what they do well, or to demonstrate a range that other factors such as typecasting might have limited their roles. There’s something about getting to craft a piece to let someone shine without having to write all the other stuff that I think could be fun.
As an example of what I’d like to do, I’d point you to the promo pieces done with Summer Glau, R. Tam Sessions.
I love to write, especially screenplays, so as you can guess, I have tons of stuff I’d like to write. Some things are special: either held close to the vest by their owners, or simply not easily gotten even if you have a name and rep. Like many screenwriters, I’d love to take a crack at them. I know it’s not going to happen, but writers are sort of dreamers by nature. C’est l’art.