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Hello all … europabridge writing to you about my Hackgate inspired screenplay ‘Adventures in Paradise‘ set in London. The script draws from various inspirations and sources to create a mixed genre film that I hope will break box office in 2017 or 2018 …
A romantic comedy-revenge caper, ‘Adventures in Paradise’ (WGA reg) is the feel-good movie of any year ~ for people with brains. The script is highly polished at 130 pages, and original in the way it looks at the events of Hackgate. But to say that ‘Adventures’ is about Hackgate… is perhaps like saying ‘Bringing Up Baby’ is about cougar conservation. (It’s not, is it?!)
The first draft I produced in 24 days after Hackgate broke in the press – written 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 back to him to support the idea of privacy … inspiring myself to finish a first draft, and launch me on to this pet project, which has gone through enough twists and turns to merit its own screenplay.
The role of Clive Reade, written with Colin Firth in mind, or for someone with an equal degree of talent (Matthew MacFadyen, Rupert Penry-Jones?) is a celebrity in his own right for being the third richest man the world … Elegant, attractive, smart, with those rarest of qualities: kindness and decency. Aurora, a Cambridge educated reporter provides another window through which we experience the culture of Hackgate. Together, they conduct something like their own Leveson Inquiry, but their work is a lot more interesting, entertaining … not to mention romantic and sexy.
‘Adventures in Paradise’ is funny, satiric, tender, and at times justifiably savage, brutal, and surprising in the way it pushes the envelope on so many levels to examine privacy issues, love, public boundaries, harmony between career men and women, secret sex lives, thuggery, and some lovely romantic moments no one has seen in the theatre for decades.Surprise, I am looking for an agent in the UK or in the US who has the power to reach over the pond, as most of the roles are written for British actors, and many of the locations are based in the UK … However, there are key roles for Americans (or actors who can impersonate them) – notably Californian millionaire bad boy Trent Cortigan – a role that calls out for a marvelous presence like Chris Hemsworth … In fact, I’d hold up a production schedule just to get him cast as Trent! Unleash the Kraken!Shooting locations also to include Cambridge UK, Cornwall, Geneva, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and various luxury island resorts … St John’s, Marbella, Seychelles.
And I’d like Michael Buble to sing ‘Foggy Londontown’ as one of the Adventures theme songs. By the way, it’s useless to resist, as I’ve written the feel-good movie of the year for people with … brains!
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‘Adventures in Paradise’ a story of tabloid vandalism set against great wealth, poverty, corruption, betrayal of decency and innocence … with many great comic turns. Clive and Aurora find redemption from the tabloid life through their investigative adventures together … and love. (Thanks for stopping by europabridge …)
- Katharine Hepburn/Corbis
- Sailing Yacht: Hyperion Royal Huisman Sailing Yachts website
- Michael Buble, Google
- Claridges Hotel, website
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