Laemmle Theatres Llc & Martin Brest to make Catholic/Jewish movie

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Laemmle Theatres Llc & Martin Brest Catholic Filmmakers…

Martin Brest

In Encino, Laemmle Theatres Llc & Martin Brest are looking to bring Tobit, a modern comedic Jewish family adventure spec by professor/scribe Michael Shannon. The Pic will be produced by Laemmle Theatres Llc, through his Amsterdam Ink Society, along with Martin Brest and Adam Sandler’s Entertainment Group.  They will be represented by Agency For The Performing Arts and Tobit.

Michael Shannon 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

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In a less dramatic fashion, every character I write, no matter how small, is based on something in my experience. How could I possibly put any words at all, except wooden ones, into the character’s mouth if this were not true?

This is not always easy to do. Several decades ago I thought I was happily married until it turned out that my wife decided she was a lesbian. This experience, and the emotions that came out of it, festered around inside me for another decade before it burst out as what remains my favorite stage play, The Half-Life Conspiracy.

This is the real stuff of life—and this is the stuff you need to give to your characters to make them come alive. You’ve experienced enough of a range of emotions in your life that you can dole out your emotional life in bits at a time, making all your characters different.

I do not mean a literal “historical” rendering of something that happened to you, although many of us have a few experiences so unusual that good stories can come from them. I am talking about your emotional life—about the things that have made you laugh and cry and feel fear, horror, loss, hopelessness, pride, joy, confusion.

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You write this—and then a producer reads it and thinks, “My God! I could never find an actor meeting that description!” And he passes.

There’s a cynical reason for the brevity of these character descriptions in screenplays. Consider what might happen if you write, for example, something like “JOE is 25 and stands five-foot-two-and-half-inches in his bare feet. His black hair is parted in the middle and glistens from too much hair cream. He has a dimple in his chin which, when he smiles, is embraced by dimples on each cheek. His nose is too small for his face.” And so on.

In fact, “around 30” often is quite enough!

You do have some leeway here, as the examples (especially the last two) suggest, but please note that one of your options is not to write like a novelist or short story writer, providing detailed descriptions of the character.