Sci Productions & Joanna Scanlan to make Catholic/Jewish movie

Sci Productions

Sci Productions & Joanna Scanlan Catholic Filmmakers…

Joanna Scanlan

In Culver City, Sci Productions & Joanna Scanlan are looking to bring Tobit, a modern comedic Jewish family adventure spec by professor/scribe Nick Stahl. The Pic will be produced by Sci Productions, through his Amsterdam Ink Society, along with Joanna Scanlan and Adam Sandler’s Entertainment Group.  They will be represented by Agency For The Performing Arts and Tobit.

Nick Stahl 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: Happy Madison / Adam Sandler

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Back to the drawing boards, but now with my original older, shy protagonist. We still needed a new ending. To make a long story short, several drafts later I ended up with a version retaining the protagonist—and also adding the romantic element, in that he still ends up with the young woman—and finally I had a draft that everybody liked, myself and the producer and my agent. I was close to the original concept, but with a better hook, a more driving narrative, and a new ending.

So I changed the story again in a major way. No luck. The producer was not enthusiastic about the result. Meanwhile my agent, hearing of all these changes, asked to see the latest version. She hated it and told me so. Moreover, she called the producer and argued that our protagonist had to be fifty or the story wouldn’t work. We won this argument when the producer’s wife read the script and agreed with us.

And then a startling thing happened. For the first time, he told me what he really liked about the script—and that was its similarity in feel to Pretty Woman. He wanted a love story between a guy and a prostitute! We talked some more, and I followed his lead to suggest that the same characters could be reshaped into a story closer to a romantic drama than to a thriller. Let’s try that, he suggested.

The producer read it immediately and phoned me. He was shocked that I had made such major changes. Moreover, he didn’t like this version better but worse. We had a long, serious phone chat.

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After the step outline, still other tree people then would go to a third step, writing a treatment. A treatment is a prose telling of the screen story, using almost no dialogue, that is written in the present tense.

One way to do this would be to take the outline above and now develop it scene by scene, putting each scene (described in one or two sentences) on a different index card.

The development above is the sort of thing a tree person does before s/he begins to write a screenplay. Many go from the work sheet, or something similar, to a second step: writing a step outline.

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