Holy smoke, I may actually be writing a screenplay someone in the movie industry could be interested in. Why?
Because the three lead roles are for women. One young, two elderly.
Up until a couple years ago, such a trio would likely have condemned my story to the reject pile. What’s changed?
The box office. And for this we can thank in part some best-selling books.
For years, Hollywood has concentrated on churning out flicks–mostly outrageously expensive ones–aimed at young guys. Not grown, mature men searching for intelligent fare. Just guys. “No story? No problem! As long as people got blown up, guys showed up,” as a box office expert says in a New York Times article.
Then along came the Hunger Games books with their young action heroine lead. They were (and the fourth one will be) box office smashes. The Twilight books and movies also went through the roof (granted, I have mixed feelings about that story, just like I do with Shades of Gray).
Now it looks like the Divergent books are getting another female-oriented smash movie series started. Brave broke records while Frozen was a phenom. The live-action Cinderella will make at least half a billion. Wild made money and got awards, but wouldn’t have been made if Reese Witherspoon hadn’t bought the book rights and become the driving force behind the filming. Even The Conjuring, which was never meant as a woman’s flick, had two mature, unglamorous women in the lead. Then there was the real-life female heroine of Zero Dark Thirty.
Meanwhile, some expensive movies aimed at young guys, like Jupiter Ascending and Seventh Son, have pretty much flopped.
Now, I don’t want to overdo all this female lead stuff. I avoided Sex and the City like the plague and instead went to see the latest Indiana Jones movie with my guy pal. Same thing for the J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboots and other such action flicks.
All I’m saying is that I’m so freaking glad that Hollywood is FINALLY noticing that women are a force to be reckoned with. And that Hollywood is looking more seriously at novels and non-fiction works people like us are writing.
Do you have fantasies that the movie rights (or TV series) for your books would sell? Is that a dumb question ‘cause we all have that fantasy?