I am thrilled to let all my enthusiastic supporters around the world know that work has begun on The Dalai Lama’s Cat Movie!
It is especially wonderful that seasoned movie producer, Ileen Maisel, has optioned the book and is driving the project. Ileen’s stellar line-up of films includes such hits as Dangerous Liaisons, Romeo and Juliet (screenplay by Downton Abbey’s Sir Julian Fellowes), The Golden Compass and Ripley’s Game. Ileen’s team at Amber Entertainment have been hugely supportive (http://www.amberentertainment.com/). And earlier this month I met with award-winning screenplay writer Jon Tilley who is already working on a movie outline.
Every movie needs its guardian angel and for more than a year US-based Sid Maestre has been constant, energetic and very focused on his quest to bring His Holiness’s Cat to a screen near you!
The Dalai Lama’s Cat movie will be an adaptation, rather than a direct translation of the first book in the series. As I am involved in the production team, I will be a custodian of HHC and the valuable messages we want to bring to a whole new and wider audience. We plan having a screenplay that everyone can get excited about by the end of the year. Next step will be to appoint a director as positive about the movie as we all are. Then we arrange the funding.
So, there’s hard work ahead of us, and we’re all on a journey. But I thought you’d want to know about what’s happening and share the journey with us. In future months, I’ll keep you posted as we keep making progress.
For my own part, it is exciting to be part of a broader team, with complementary talents, all of whom share the same wish to see HHC and the wisdom she learns, find a place in the hearts and minds of people around the world.
May all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness.
May all beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering.
May all beings abide in peace and equanimity, free from attachment, aversion, and free from indifference.
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(Image of cats at the movies from: http://khpethospital.ca/pet-health-resources/at-the-movies/)