By Paul | April 5, 2008
Here’s the latest “Movie News” update. Sony has now officially hired me to do the treatment for the movie (for those who don’t know what a treatment is, it’s explained in the previous post). I pitched my treatment/vision of the Pooch Café movie to Sony along with a number (not sure what the number was) of other experienced Hollywood screenwriters. Sony told me that after reading my pitch they were sitting around relaying to each their favorite parts and laughing, which they felt was a strong indication that I was on to something and at which point they decided I might be the best candidate for the job.
The contract I’ve signed is for a complete treatment, with two rounds of revisions. Sony has made me aware that despite the fact that I’ve already submitted a working treatment that this will be no walk in the park. Meetings are being held this and next week and I’m to prepare myself for a barrage of notes and comments.
They’ve also told me to prepare for two other possible scenarios:
1: Although Sony has not yet done a “B” category CGI feature film, they’re considering Pooch for this. From what I understand, the animation is pretty much as strong as it is in an “A” category feature, it’s more a matter of really close attention to detail — say, “Finding Nemo” — which Pooch might not require, and also a matter of advertising budget. The plus side of this is that if it’s not a full, big budget feature, there won’t be as much scrutiny over every detail and making sure every joke is “PC” and lowest common denominator, which would leave more room for creative freedom.
2: It’s possible the higher-ups aren’t going to be comfortable hiring an unproven screenwriter to write the finished script. Which means even though I might come up with the story another screenwriter might step in to write the final. Obviously I’d like to get a crack at this myself, so I’ll be working hard at convincing them to give me a shot. But of course ultimately getting the best finished product is what we’re all after, however we get there.
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