Fifty Meetings Later...
Hey Manchild backers!
It's been a long time... but I have big news: the movie's finished!
Just kidding. I wish!
So here's what's currently going on with Manchild: I'm working really hard on it. Specifically, I've gone through... I don't know... something like fifteen more drafts of the script. But we're not in production yet, and it's looking increasingly unlikely that we'll be able to shoot this summer (chiefly because it's already "this summer" as I send this). I thought the script I had at the time of the Kickstarter campaign was good, but... it can always be better. And that's what I've been working on.
The title of this update is "fifty meetings later," which is literally true -- I just updated my database of every meeting I've had with producers, production companies, and the like -- and the count just crossed fifty. That's a lot of meetings (most of which happened as part of the IFP and Tribeca Film Institute programs for which I was fortunate enough to be selected). So, one might ask, why don't I have a producer attached yet? The truth is, because I'm still writing, and because I'm a perfectionist, I haven't been sending the script out until it's is as good as it can be. The first draft of the Manchild script was dated May 22, 2011 -- it's now been more than a year since I sent it off to the IFP program that first selected the script -- and after all this time I think I've got JUST one more draft to go. (Maybe two). THEN I'll go out with it, and I'll have a much better sense of how and when we're shooting sometime after that.
I didn't want to send another "no updates" update, but this project is very logistically complex -- it's not just a sports movie, it's a sports movie primarily starring child actors -- and I'd be lying if I said it was going to be easy. Or fast. So stay tuned and the next update should be much more consequential!
Here's an inconsequential update, however: the title of the film has gone from Man-child to Man Child to Manchild. (Big difference, I know). These are the things you change when you're staring at the same document day in and day out...
Yes, you read all this way just to find out that I changed a hyphen to a space and then dropped it entirely. I promise my changes to the script have been much more meaningful!
Thank you all for you continued patience. Back to the script, and real news soon(ish)!