I am thrilled to report that The Dalai Lama’s Cat Movie now has a Director! Not just any director, but Ben Gosling Fuller, the seasoned director of many successful comedies in UK including That Mitchell and Webb Look and the TV series IT Crowd; You, Me and Them; Citizen Khan, and many others.
As soon as Ben read the screenplay written by Jon Tilley, he fell in love with His Holiness’s Cat (HHC). “I receive many scripts but the moment I read this, I could see the whole movie in my head- it was so evocative and enchanting. I saw the potential for this as a clever, exciting and wonderful family film,” he says. “HHC is such a funny, dry and engaging character, I could see the chance to take people on a journey that would move them but also make them laugh.”
“My vision is for a warm-hearted, multi-layered story in an incredible setting I haven’t seen on screen before, which will keep the audience spell-bound from the first moment to the last. There will be plenty of action and laughs, but also the underlying messages from The Dalai Lama’s Cat book series which have resonated so strongly with people around the world.”
Ben expects HHC and other non-human cast members to be computer generated images (CGI), with the humans played by actors. Working so closely with many actors over the years, Ben already has plenty of casting ideas.
Those of you familiar with the movie Paddington, will know how effectively a CGI hero can combine with a cast of actors. Paddington was directed by Paul King who, like Ben, is a British director with extensive experience in comedy. As it happens, Paul and Ben know each other and have worked with many of the same people in the past.
Next step is to produce a trailer to show potential financiers, including at the Cannes Film Market in May. Over future weeks there will be a lot of work bringing HHC to life as a CGI character. I can’t wait to see how our flawed, but adorable feline friend turns out – I am sure she is going to be just amazing!
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Quite separately, there are only three rooms left for my Mindful Safari to Africa this August. If you’d like to join me for six magical days on a journey of a lifetime, reserve your place quickly by emailing Barbara Turner. You’ll find her details at: http://www.davidmichie.com/safari.html and some photos of our 2015 safari at: http://davidmichie.com/blog/2015/08/25/photos-from-mindful-safari-2015/
(Image of cats at the movies from: http://khpethospital.ca/pet-health-resources/at-the-movies/)