Avery Pix Inc & James Morrison to make Catholic/Jewish movie

Avery Pix Inc

Avery Pix Inc & James Morrison Catholic Filmmakers…

James Morrison

In Los Angeles, Avery Pix Inc & James Morrison are looking to bring Tobit, a modern comedic Jewish family adventure spec by professor/scribe Sean Astin. The Pic will be produced by Avery Pix Inc, through his Amsterdam Ink Society, along with James Morrison and Adam Sandler’s Entertainment Group.  They will be represented by Agency For The Performing Arts and Tobit.

Sean Astin Tobit Writer

PREMISE: Tobit is an observant Dutch Jew living in Amsterdam. He lives correctly, giving alms and burying the dead. In spite of his good works, Tobit is struck blind. Concurrent with Tobit’s story is that of Sarah, daughter of one of Tobit’s distant relative, whose seven successive husbands are each killed by a demon on their wedding night. When Tobit and Sarah pray to God for deliverance, God sends the angel Raphael to act as intercessor. Tobit regains his sight, and Sarah marries Tobit’s son Tobias. The story closes with Tobit’s thanksgiving and an account of his death. This is actually a Jewish short story possibly dating from Persian times in some Bibles is the book of Tobit, named after the father of its hero.

TITLE: Tobit (script download)

ACTORS: Mel Gibson invovled in Tobit movie!

GENRE: Religious drama, Jewish drama, drama.

TIME: 1920-1040

SETTING: Amsterdam, Neatherlands

MARKET: USA, International

MORE INFO: here are a couple of suggestions to get you started

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But happy endings work best, I think, when they are earned. And they are earned in the third act, when the hero faces considerable odds and still manages to reach his/her goal. The ticking clock is a wonderful device for driving the story toward the final confrontation, as we’ve seen in The Graduate and Chinatown. And it’s even more wonderful when the hero wins, as Benjamin does in The Graduate.

It’s not difficult to figure out why Hollywood is married to happy endings. Because we are. Because most of us would rather go to the movies to be entertained and uplifted, rather than to be slapped in the face with depressing stories about pain and loss, no matter how true they are.

Hollywood is married to the happy ending. This is a fact of life. If you have a story without a happy ending—and Chinatown and Nixon do not have happy endings!—you have a harder sale ahead of you. Be aware of it.

Must You Have a Happy Ending?


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It better have something to do with my life: in other words, stories are about people. What happens next: in other words, the story better have movement that keeps me guessing, that keeps me interested.

There are two important points being made here.

“The only thing I want to see when I go to see a movie—and I’m not being facetious at all—is what happens next. What’s the next plot point. All I want to do is be told a story, and it better be a good story. It better have something to do with my life.”

Actor William Macy (Fargo) has put the axiom above, which comes from Richard Toscan’s online Playwriting Seminars, as forcefully as anyone: