This is a long one.
There’s a theme in Rocket Summer that touches on child abuse and abandonment… this is Darlene’s perspective.
Another excerpt from the novelization of the Rocket Summer screenplay.
It was everything she’d imagined it could be and more, and yet she felt strangely disconnected and was compelled to reintroduce herself. She walked along the car, her car, trailing her fingertips on its side, the metal warm in the early morning sun, and she was almost certain it trembled at her touch. She apologized that she hadn’t been instrumental in the forging of its every detail. But somehow now it knew, she was sure, that the very idea for its second life had come from her.
Hello again, she thought. My how you’ve grown.
There was a pinwheel on the antenna, and it seemed to turn in greeting by some imperceptible breeze.
Another chapter down… now we’re at the point where a great trust has been broken. It was a delicate trust to begin with.
Dwayne hopped out of the Jeep, approached Lacey. There was menace in his posture. “Where’s the rockets at, Junior?”
Lacey snapped her head at Darlene. “You told them?” She dropped down off the truck bed, drilled Darlene with a look that should have made her burst into flame. “This is our car, Darlene! We trusted you!”
“Hey, you didn’t trust me,” Darlene replied flatly. “You paid me.”
“They paid you?” Dwayne snorted. “Hah! Sweet!”
The betrayal hit Lacey in the chest like a sack of dirt. Her knees threatened to buckle under its weight, but a rush of adrenaline stepped in and held her up, flushing her system with vibrating energy, and her nails dug crescents in her palms. Her heart pounded in her ears as she advanced on Darlene, and through its rhythmic roar she heard herself yelling. “Dammit, Darlene, we trusted you! How could you do this to us?”
If you’ve been following my previous post on Amazon Studios’ option model and consider list, you know I’ve chosen not to accept their offer to post my screenplay to their shortlist. The post was featured on John August’s website, and mentioned on Bleeding Cool.
But I still hold out hope that Amazon can straighten out all the confusion among screenwriters, and find some way for the writers to take advantage of the offer without compromising rights to their own screenplays.
I did get a follow up email from Amazon Studios that promised to clarify things. It didn’t.
NEW: Follow up post here
Amazon (yes, that Amazon) is launching a movie studio, and they just gave our horror screenplay Faeries a “consider”. What’s that mean? Not a lot, as near as we can tell.
First, here’s a brief primer on the history of the Amazon Studios deal. (I’m confident in my understanding of this history, but if I’m wrong about any of the details, point me at a source, and I’ll make a correction.)
About a year ago, Amazon announced that they were going to become a movie studio, and produce their own content.