Adventures in Paradise, Anne Hathaway, Audrey Hepburn, Beau Rivage Lake Geneva, British Airways, Bugatti, Carey Mulligan, Colin Firth, Cornwall, Corvette, Dan Hodges, David Bowie, Elan Durham, Elan Durham europabridge Author of 'Adventures in Paradise' Hackgate screenplay comedy, Geneva, Graff Jewelers, Hackgate, Kate Hepburn, Leveson Commission, London, Michael Buble, New Statesman, Prada Sunglasses, Ray-Ban Sunglasses, Relais & Chateaux, revenge comedy, Santa Barbara, Screwball Comedies, Stella Artois, Tattinger's Champagne, Taylor Kitsch, The Beatles, The Eurythmics, The Pretenders, Tom Hooper, Valentino Couture, Van Morrison
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 and recovered) to merit its own screenplay.
Clive Reade, written for Colin Firth, or someone with an equal degree of style and talent, 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 Vitesse along the A1 in Lake Geneva.
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.
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 Americans. The major shooting location is London, with scenes in Cambridge, Cornwall, Geneva, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and various luxury resorts on islands like Anguilla, and the Maldives.
I am looking for financing internationally as well … Beau Rivage, on Lake Geneva, above, a location where a brief and wonderfully fun and glamorous scene is set.
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, Van Morrison, Lorenz Hart, Jerome Kern, and George Gershwin on the soundtrack.
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‘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
NOTE: I do not claim ownership rights to any of the photographic or graphic materials used to illustrate my ideas or represent persons, places, or products (like hotels, restaurants, teddy bears, or yachts) when blogging about ‘Adventures in Paradise’, or my other screenplays or various ideas at europabridge.wordpress.com. I do claim absolute authorial copyrights for my screenplays, and for all the literary works I have written for television and film, as well as for short stories, or novels, and anything I discuss here or tweet about on Twitter. When tagging photos, I have tried to be descriptive or to refer to the website where the photo was featured. Many photos are in the public domain; others were being used in the same way I use them – on blog sites or fan sites – simply to represent persons or as a tribute to their personages, or to suggest certain possibilities. No photo is ever used to malign or harm a person’s reputation. The one exception to this is my reference to former President Richard Nixon, in my Died of TV Guide blog. However, as he resigned in disgrace from the Presidency, for snooping, I would hope my use of his photo would make sense in the context of my critique of freedom of speech, invasion of privacy, and the creation of an enemies list.