Sunday, February 11, 2007

Mother Do You Think They'll Drop The Bomb

My option? Kaput.

Almost 1 year ago (April) I had a script optioned. Yay! Today, the company that optioned that script has dissolved and is no more. Boo!

Prospect Pictures - look them up. They gone.

What happened was they stopped developing new projects back in August (Cricket Hill was still on their slate at that time, however). It turned from a movie script into a TV pilot script.

But it seemed less likely that things would happen, as the more I talked to the director that was attached to direct the Cricket Hill pilot, the more he was saying that it was a great WRITING SAMPLE. Hmm. That's nice and all but.......

Luckily, I still have a good relationship with him. He's done movies, TV, commercials, and music videos, and is a great, great contact to have on my side. And he seems to honestly like my writing, so at some point in the future, I'm sure we'll work together.

Now, why are they gone? Don't know, and at this point, it doesn't matter. I've still got my new manager, which is good. I'm working on the Stand-In (high concept comedy) as well as my family/comedy Union, both of which I plan to finish within the month. Oh, and I plan on sending Union to Austin this year because I'm pretty damn sure I can win with it.

Point is, I've moved on. I've had enough ups & downs in this bidness so far not to let this crush me (this was my 4th option), and in the long run, perhaps it's all for the best.

Team to root for - The Fightin' Phils!
Movie to check out - Children Of Men
Music to check out - Peter, Bjorn & John as well as Silversun Pickups.
TV shows to watch - Flip This House, Intervention, Juvies, The Office, Scrubs, Dirty Jobs, What About Brian, Lost, Bones, Friday Night Lights.
Script to sell - Cricket Hill
Competition to win - Austin


Anonymous said...

oh no, the Cricket Hill project is officially dead then? What a frigging drag, Pat, sorry to heat that

Patrick J. Rodio said...

Still working on it with my manager, re-tooling it a bit and will try again.

But yeah, for now, dead.

Aaron said...

Will it remain a tv pilot or are you going back to the feature version?

Grubber said...

Let it go through to the keeper, you're staying calm, and focusing on the next ball. Well done, you are an example to us all. When you sober up that is :)
Sorry to hear that Patrick, had all my fingers and toes crossed for you as well.
Better luck with the next one!

Patrick J. Rodio said...

Thanks, my peeps.

I'll keep as both (pilot & feature) and see who wants what!

Lucy said...

Bad luck Pat but your option proves Cricket Hill has "saleability", it's no longer untried and untested but had development with a reputable company. Should hopefully make it more attractive to another buyer.

Tavis said...

Uh, oh. Have you heard about the screening of 300 in Berlin? I guess it was booed and a lot of people walked out.

Enzio Pesta said...

Perhaps you should consider turning Cricket Hill into a modern version of Lennigan and The Ants?

You know, some farmer in South America has to deal with an infestation of crickets and all his men disappear because these particular crickets have been exposed to radiation!

Then he finds out that an abandoned meat packing plant is being used by a bunch of retarded locals to lure unsuspecting tourists where they're killed by rich perverts who use the mutant crickets, who somehow have learned to use a chainsaw, on the tourists.

I haven't been taking my medication lately. Sorry about that and sorry to hear the project is on hold. Stay in the ring!

Patrick J. Rodio said...

Oh, don't worry, I am going NOWHERE.

chris soth said...

So, for me, movie was called Firestorm. Studio that bought it went down the toilet. But another picked it up and it got made. So now the goal is make a GOOD movie. But, point is, for YOU --

-- you still own CH, both feature and series forms and you've already made some money w/it...this thing could be an annuity, and then, a damn fine movie and THEN a damn fine tv series. And four options? I don't got no four options...


William said...

You're a better man than me Patrick. Keep pushing...