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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Pharaohs or Horses

I got an e-mail from an assistant at a Glendale production company, who says that her bosses are looking for a good Pharaoh script, set in Egypt.

They are also looking for a horse movie where part of it could take place in Dubai.

Apparently they have money. I have absolutely nothing that remotely fits either of these criteria, but I figured I'd throw it out there, and try to play matchmaker.

Anyone who thinks they might have the goods, e-mail me and I'll send you the contact info.


At 3:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In your experience is this how assignments are typically hatched? I'm new to the whole screenwriting thing and figure that, well, they *buy* scripts.

At 3:40 PM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

I don't think it's an assignment, I think they are looking for a good already-completed script to buy.

At 5:50 PM, Blogger ECHenry said...

Wow, what a bizzare request. What do you chalk that up to, Scott? An attached actor? Chasing a trend? Anywah, someone WANTING a pharoah script seams like and awefully strange request, BUT thanks for floatting that out there.

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

At 7:21 PM, Anonymous steverino said...

Thanks Scott. I read your column with interest, but I don't post much because I'm in awe of you guys.

I have a friend who's written two dozen action movies and thrillers that got made by "the King of the B's", and others that didn't. He might have something appropriate. He's got more than twenty five years experience as a professional screenwriter, and he teaches screenwriting. Would you mind me passing this on to him as an inquiry?

At 7:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's a horse movie?

At 8:32 PM, Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

How about "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken 2 - Electric Bugaloo" C'mon, it's a can't miss!

At 8:36 PM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

Steverino -- Sure. If he has anything like that, tell him to e-mail me and I'll give him her e-mail address.

Patrick -- I know you must have a sex comedy or two that you can recast with horses and set in the Middle East.

At 10:08 PM, Blogger Tom said...

A friend asked me years ago if he could pass along my hospital-set thriller to a Canadian producer he knew of that could be shot in an existing hospital he was paying too much for to just shoot one film. Stupid me, I said my script wasn't ready. Won't make that mistake again.

At 2:42 AM, Blogger Emily Blake said...

I have a script about an inner-city school teacher who is secretly a reformed assassin in Witness Protection. So it's kind of the same thing.

I could easily reset that puppy on the streets of Dubai. She could ride a horse to work.

At 7:29 AM, Anonymous Blair said...

I have a Stargate-esque script with lotsa sand and a Pharaoh-like badguy leader -- but it ain't Egypt.

However I once petted a horse. And rode an elephant. And drove an ox-cart in the Philippines.

Some of this should be worth something!

At 8:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a movie that takes place in the Middle East AND involves a horse. Around 335 BC, King Nan of the Chinese Zhou Dynasty sends out a small fleet of ships containing royal couriers and explorers, setting out to find a way to expand the dying Zhou empire. Beset by weather that decimates the fleet, a lone teen-ager and his exquisite horse are the only survivors. They are eventually picked up by a Macedonian warship, itself on a mission of exploration for Alexander the Great. The boy and his horse are taken back to the Middle East where the horse is given as a prize to the Pharoah upon Egypt's liberation and the boy is sent into slavery. Escaping from his captors, the boy seeks to retake his horse and return home. But thousands of miles from his homeland without any allies, what chance does he have?


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