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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 2017-2018. A romantic comedy-revenge caper, ‘Adventures in Paradise’ (reg. WGA) will become the feel-good movie of the year ~ 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. It was 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 a response to support the idea of privacy … inspiring me to finish a first draft, and launching me on this pet 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. Together, they conduct something like their own Leveson Inquiry, but their work is a lot more interesting, entertaining, and needless to say 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 in the middle of one of the biggest scandals the media world has ever seen.
‘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.
‘Adventures in Paradise’ recalls the screwball comedies of the 30’s and 40’s, plus a bit of lighter Hitchcock, as in ‘To Catch A Thief’… So it works just like a true romantic comedy, yet there are also plenty of suspenseful, fast-paced scenes that will keep the moviegoer guessing. (Guess who meets up at Claridges Map Room? See the movie …)
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. However, there are key roles for Americans (or actors who can impersonate them) – notably Californian millionaire Trent Cortigan – a role that seems to call out for a marvelous presence like Chris Hemsworth. Shooting locations also include Cambridge UK, Cornwall UK, Geneva, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and various island luxury resorts … St John’s, Marbella, Seychelles. And I’d like Michael Buble to sing ‘Foggy Londontown’ as the ‘Adventures’ theme song.
By the way, it’s useless to resist, as I’ve written a classic, popcorn box-office hit …
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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.
- 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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