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A Filmmaker’s Journal
2020 was my biggest year ever as a filmmaker. Oddly enough, thanks to the-pandemic-that-shall-not-be-named, I had three feature films released, two, Healing River and Notzilla, as the writer/director/producer, and one, Promises to Keep, as the lead actor. I also play small roles in two movies released since then (Divine Decision: Double Down, 2021, and The Pope Drops In, soon to be released).
Both Healing River and Notzilla were originally intended as theatrical releases. But then the coronavirus (remember when we “affectionately” called it that?) shut down movie theaters everywhere! And film production came to a screeching halt (hence, my lack of Filmmaker’s Journal posts).
On the other hand, streaming outlets like Netflix and Amazon Prime were starving for titles, so my production company struck a deal with Prime to release seven already-completed feature films (including mine)!
But now movie theaters are coming back to life! Especially with blockbusters like Spider-Man: No Way Home, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The next big blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick is due next week, but it has a dangerously short title. It should probably be expanded to something like Top Gun: Maverick, the Longest-Delayed Movie Sequel Ever Made!
So, what big blockbusters am I working on? All kidding aside, I’m actively pitching several projects to the studios and networks, including (among others):
- A comedy fantasy in the style of Bruce Almighty
- An epic limited-series about a post-pandemic world in which a handful of survivors attempt to reboot the human race
- And a rom-com about a movie star who chucks it all (maybe) to become a teacher
Will any of these be a “box office smash?” Or even get produced? Only God knows. Meanwhile, I’m negotiating a publishing deal for my novelization of Healing River, and will be doing speaking dates tied to its desperately-needed message of forgiveness. Oh, and you have my promise that I will never make The Texas Chainsaw Manicure (although I did have fun creating the poster), no matter how much…
The studios beg me for it!