Following on my June update about The Dalai Lama’s Cat movie (http://davidmichie.com/blog/2015/06/27/
exciting-news-the-dalai-lamas-cat-movie/) I am very happy to let everyone know that a screenplay has now been delivered – and it is terrific!
You can probably imagine the trepidation a novelist feels handing over work to a screenplay writer to turn into a movie script: what if the characters in the movie come out bearing little resemblance to the ones you created? What if the themes so important to the book are glossed over or ignored? We’ve all been to see movies of books that we love – and have come away disappointed. What do you do to try to make sure that doesn’t happen when it’s your own book?
Well, I’m glad to say that Ileen Maisel, Sophie Gibber and the team at Amber Entertainment (www.amberentertainment.com/) went to some lengths to make sure that the right kind of screenplay writer was appointed – and that there was plenty of discussion about what the screenplay should look like before it was written.
Jon Tilley is an award-winning writer with a wonderful sense of what’s required to create a family movie that’s both hugely entertaining and also conveys important messages in a subtle but profound way.
The Dalai Lama’s Cat Movie is not a direct translation of any of the novels for the simple reason that the novels are episodic in nature, while a family movie demands an attention-grabbing beginning and a dramatic middle leading to a thrilling and happy resolution. Jon has written a script which does exactly this.
There has been much to-ing and fro-ing in recent months as Jon developed an outline, notes were exchanged and discussions were had, before he went on to write the full script. As of this week we have a screenplay we’re all very enthusiastic about – that includes the team at Amber Entertainment, and the movie’s Guardian Angel, Sid Maestre.
What next? Having provided the foundation required for any movie – a script – we’re now reaching out to a director with the relevant experience and passion to take this project on. Once a director is appointed, things progress to casting and financing stage.
For the moment, Amber are leading discussions with agents and contacts throughout the movie industry. As soon as I have further news, I’ll share it on this blog, so we can all share the journey of The Dalai Lama’s Cat Movie together. Won’t it be wonderful to see HHC and the wisdom she learns, find a place in the hearts and minds of people around the world through the medium of film?
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/)