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 about my screenplay ‘Adventures in Paradise‘ set in gorgeous London … The screenplay draws from various inspirations and sources to create a mixed genre film that I hope will break box office in 2017. A romantic comedy-revenge caper, Adventures in Paradise will be the feel-good movie of whatever year it debuts ~ for people with brains. The script is highly polished at 130 pages, and completely original in the way it looks at the events of Hackgate. To say that ‘Adventures’ is about Hackgate, however, is like saying ‘Bringing Up Baby’ is about cougar conservation …
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 to support the idea of privacy … inspiring me to finish a first draft, and launching me on this project, which has gone through enough twists and turns (lost on a crashed hard drive and recovered) to merit its own screenplay.
The role of Clive Reade, written for Colin Firth, 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 University educated reporter provides another window through which we experience Hackgate investigating how Clive’s life became reduced to tabloid fodder. Together, they conduct something like their own Leveson Inquiry, but it’s a lot more interesting, entertaining, less laborious, and sexy.
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. I thought about Carey Mulligan in this role, mostly due to her work in ‘An Education’ … That young girl and Aurora have a bit in common, though of course Aurora Blunton has already begun her career, and is fully in the midst of one of the biggest scandals the media world has experienced in decades.
In fact, ‘Adventures in Paradise’ achieves a hybrid form of film entertainment … funny, satiric, tender, and at times justifiably savage, brutal, and surprising in the way it pushes the envelope on so many levels: privacy issues, invasiveness, true harmony between ambitious men and women, secret sex lives, villainous thugs, and some lovely romantic moments we have not seen on screen in decades.
‘Adventures’ works exactly like a true romantic comedy, and yet it also has plenty of suspense, glamour, and fast-paced scenes that recall the screwball comedies of the 30’s and 40’s, plus a bit of lighter Hitchcock, as seen in ‘To Catch A Thief’.
The script is as contemporary as anything I’ve ever read, due to its structure, with several opening sequences, and three endings that will keep everyone guessing until the very end.
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 are written for British actors, and many of the locations are based in the UK, as well. There are, however, key roles for Americans (or someone who can play them) – notably Trent Cortigan, a role made for a Chris Hemsworth type, with the knockout presence of a classic California playboy. Shooting locations also include Cambridge UK, Cornwall UK, Geneva, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and various island luxury resorts like St John’s.
After finishing the script, I realized I had a goldmine of possible merchandizing opportunities with Bugatti, Budweiser, Corvette, Bentley, Stella Artois Beer, Tattinger’s Champagne, Graff Jewelers, Prada Sunglasses, Ray-Bans, Valentino Couture, Armani, British Airways, Blackberry, Nokia, and IPhone … All these top brands are featured in ‘Adventures’, mostly because there is so much money and consumption on display in these jetsetter’s lives. The third richest man in the world cannot walk around in rags, after all.
And I’d like to hear Michael Buble, sing ‘Foggy Londontown’ as Adventures’ theme song.
By the way, it’s useless to resist, as I’ve written a classic high IQ, popcorn hit …
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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 investigative adventures together … and love.
Continue to scroll down to see other blogs about ‘Adventures in Paradise’.
- 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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