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Hello all … europabridge writing to you from Boston about my screenplay set in gorgeous London ‘Adventures in Paradise‘ … The screenplay draws from various inspirations and sources to create a mixed genre film I hope will break box office in 2014. A romantic comedy-revenge caper that I like to call the ‘feel-good movie of the year’ for people with brains, the screenplay is highly polished at 130 pages, and completely original in the way it looks at the events of Hackgate.
The first draft I produced in 24 days in July/August after Hackgate broke in the press, in response to an OP/ED Dan Hodges wrote in The New Statesman defending the NOTW.
Though Hodges (notorious for his provocative rhetoric) might have been writing in jest, I wrote a response, more like a protest, which inspired me to write the first draft of my screenplay, and started me on this project that has gone through enough twists and turns (lost on a crashed hard drive for half a year and finally recovered) to merit its own screenplay.
Clive Reade, written for Colin Firth, is the celebrity window through which we experience Hackgate. Aurora, a reporter, provides another window, which helps Clive understand how his life became tabloid fodder for the presses. Together, they conduct something like their own Leveson Inquiry, but it’s a lot more interesting, entertaining, and fun.
Aurora Blunton is a combination of the spirit of Audrey Hepburn and well, Aurora herself. I believe she is a fairly original character – dreamt up from my own depths.
Clive Reade, a billionaire hotelier with his own brand of 5* hotels and resorts similar to Relais & Chateaux or The Viceroy 5* Hotels and Resorts, is a Modern Renaissance Man, combining the best of the old and new worlds.
In fact, the story achieves a hybrid form of film entertainment … lighthearted, funny, romantic, satiric, tender, beautiful, and at times justifiably savage, brutal, and surprising.
‘Adventures in Paradise’ works exactly like a true romantic comedy, and yet it also has plenty of suspense, action, and fast-paced glamour provided in scenes like … racing a Bugatti along the A1 in Lake Geneva, my own homage to ‘To Catch A Thief’ by Alfred Hitchcock.
If you loved the screwball comedies, and the comedy of manners of the 30′s and 40′s, plus a bit of lighter Hitchcock, ‘Adventures in Paradise’ will be right up your alley.
Still, the script is as contemporary as anything I’ve read, due to the way I’ve structured it. There are several opening sequences, and three endings that will keep people guessing about what’s happening, though I have tried not to be clever for the sake of being clever.
No surprise, I am looking for an agent in the UK or an agent in the US who has the power to reach over the pond, as most of the roles were written for British actors, though there are some key roles for Californians – most notably bad boy Trent Cortigan – who I would love to see played by Taylor Kitsch. The major shooting location is London of course, with scenes in Cambridge, Cornwall, Geneva, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and various luxury islands like Anguilla, and the Maldives.
Why so many locations? In my travels over the past few years I covered a lot of ground and decided to create a global plot that would address many interests, and I am looking for financing internationally as well … Beau Rivage, on Lake Geneva, above, a location where a brief but gratuitously glamorous scene in ‘Adventures’ is set.
As far as financing is concerned, I did not intend this, but in the course of writing a screenplay about the monied, glamorous power-brokers of a certain international set, I keyed products associated with their lifestyles into the story. It was only after I finished the script, I realized I had a goldmine of possible merchandizing or branding opportunities. Scoff all you want, the new James Bond film Skyfall was financed in totality by its use of the German beer Heineken.
Bugatti, Corvette, Bentley, Stella Artois Beer, Bud, Tattinger’s Champagne, Graff Jewelers, Prada Sunglasses, Ray-Bans, Valentino Couture, Armani, British Airways, Blackberry, Nokia, and IPhone are among the products featured throughout ‘Adventures in Paradise’ …
And I’d like to hear music by Michael Buble, David Bowie, The Beatles (Polythene Pam), The Pretenders, The Eurythmics, Captain & Tennille (for a stalking scene), The Clash, Ralph Von Williams, Lorenz Hart, Jerome Kern, and George Gershwin on the soundtrack.
Emma Freud has said Richard Curtis is tied up, but I think he’d make a fine director for this kind of material. ‘Adventures in Paradise’ (registered with the WGA) needs a directorial eye keenly adapted for comedy, drama, suspense, romance, capers, and stylish film-making … And so I also thought of Ang Lee, Joe Wright, Tom Hooper, or Mike Newell. At any rate, this has to be an incredibly deft Director, as the cast is HUGE.
Clive Reade’s devastating dinner party, at the end of the third act, is filmed down a long formal table seating 20 people, needing many reaction shots and matching cuts. And there are many scenes in cars, limos, and on the phone in limo’s or cabs, so who’s up for some hand-held action in the backseat alongside a tracking shot?
If you’d like to read about how I wrote the character of billionaire mogul Clive Reade, click here. It’s no secret I wrote ‘Adventures’ while combining the best of two British film personas for my beloved Clive Reade … However, I believe Firth has the stamina and intelligence to carry off a role that requires him to appear on camera as much as 90% of the film … Mr. Grant, admit it, you’re just too lazy.
I’ve also resurrected the 80′s soap opera uber-bitch in Diane Gregory, a major player in the tabloids fiasco. And I’ve even asked for a Joan Collins cameo during a major scene with Clive. This story is so much fun, that I never tire of reading it. My goal is to find someone online who might recommend it to an agent, who’ll be willing to give it an intelligent read-through.
By the way, it’s useless to resist, as I’ve written the movie hit of 2014 …
MUSIC UP –
‘Adventures in Paradise’ a story of tabloid vandalism set against great wealth, poverty, rancid cynicism, corruption, betrayal of decency and innocence … with many great comic turns … Clive and Aurora find redemption from the tabloid life through their adventures together … and love.
Continue to scroll down to see other blogs on aspects of ‘Adventures in Paradise’ – a film I know many of you will love to experience again and again in the movie theatre … Hope to see you there.
- Died of TV Guide (Adventures in the context of Leveson)
- About europabridge
- Clive Reade in ‘Adventures in Paradise’ – Nothing If Not Daunting – Academy Award Material … (europabridge.wordpress.com)
- Clive & Aurora Meet: A Confrontation/Dinner Date Scene from Screenplay ‘Adventures’ A Revenge Comedy (europabridge.wordpress.com)
- Hackgate: The Movie – starring…. (digitalpolitico.net – humour)
- Infographic Explains Hackgate, News of the World Scandal (pbs.org)
- Leonardo DiCaprio, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, & Kelmscott Manor Screenplay … Awards Seasons, Past & Present (europabridge.wordpress.com)
- Photo of London: alluwant.eu
- Photo of Marked up Script: http://scripteach.com/?page_id=148
- Photo of Fleet Street: Google Images
- Photo of Anne Hathaway: pixphotograph.com
- Photo of Hepburn & Grant: Classic Movies Digest blogspot
- Photo of Bugatti: thfire.com
- Photo of Sailing Yacht: Hyperion Royal Huisman Sailing Yachts
- Photo of Colin Firth: Google Images
- Photo of Beau Rivage Geneva Switzerland: http://www.beau-rivage.ch/uk/index.php#index.php
- Photo of London: dandybooksellers.com
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