When I imagined the curious world of Hollywood for The Great Hollywood Double Hustle; my satirical novel about a gang of film star look-alikes who attempt to con a Hollywood producer into financing their bogus blockbuster movie, I never imagined that my musings might one day, be read and considered by a successful Hollywood producer.
The irony of the fact that my book is full of, lets say, unfavourable representations of all the people I now want to make my novel into a film, has not escaped me. In my novel, amoral agents and inept arrogant producers are everywhere; predominantly featuring as the lazy gate-keepers of an incredibly unimaginative industry, obsessed with rehashing the same old idea and formula over and over again. The double irony that, in the process of ridiculing this reductive attitude, I have created, what in many ways is an original idea, is not lost on me either!
Needless to say, for this and a number of other reasons, I was never massively confident that Hollywood would embrace my novel, even though, the logic that motivates the producers in the book to want to make the fictional film, is the same driver that will hopefully motivate this real producer to want to make a real film; namely, that both real and imagined films, promise the involvement of so many A-list film stars, that box office success will be virtually guaranteed.
Hopefully the real Hollywood, like the one in my book, will be, 'all about the box office receipts' so the people involved will forgive my scathing satirical words and look instead at the unassailable financial argument that stars sell movies. Time will tell but the signs are remarkable positive. There is only one sign that means anything in Hollywood and that's when they call you back. and this producer did!
At his request I have now completed the screenplay of my novel and sent it to him and, like it or not, am again, in the same predicament as the characters in my novel because just like them, I am waiting to see if my project is going to get "that fabled green light."
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Wish me luck with my attempt to pull off the same 'confidence' trick that is played out in the fantasy of my book because again, just like the star look-alike hero's in 'The Great Hollywood Double Hustle, I really need it!