This is the fourth version of the script.
When it came to rewriting my script, I had absolutely no idea how I could do it. So I done what I normally do when I rewrite a script. I put my headphones in and shut myself out from the rest of the world.
With my headphones in and my music playing, I started to think about how I can change the story to fit into one room. So I thought about how the story could evolve but still remain the essence that the original script and keep the original story.
So I decided to try and change the story from having multiple locations and try and set it in just the one location. So then I had to get the story right but again, trying to keep in mind the original story.
I decided to try and make this in to a two person argument and Change some of the dialogue.
The very first idea that I had for my FMP was to adapt a few chapters of a book, the book in question was ‘Someday, Somday, Maybe’ by Lauren Graham. This went quite far into the production stage that I even wrote a script.
Naming it ‘An Evening With Frances Banks’ was a nod to the main character’s idea for her ideal name for a play. When it came to adapting the book into the script, it was a very interesting thing to do, so to get in the mind set of the writer, I watched books that were adapted into films and also read the books of the film.
I of course, started with the Harry Potter series by reading and then watching the first film, ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone.’ Reading the book and then watching the film, has given me a greater appreciation for the Boy Who Lived.
Other books that I read were, John Green’s ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ and then watched the film. Both times I cried like a child. Never has the word ‘Okay’ been so soul destroying.
To try and get a better feel for the genre, I read ‘Eat,Prey,Love’ written by Elizabeth Gilbert and starring Julia Roberts, she can do so much better. Let’s just leave it at that. and ‘Wild’ based on the novel ‘Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail’ by Cheryl Strayed and starring Reece Withaspoon. You can actually sign up to do the actual hike, just follow this link.
Both books are outstanding.
After I had a talk with my tutor about this, it soon became clear that adapting a book without the authors permission, even for a college project, is actually against the law. So I did what I thought was best, hunt down Lauran Graham’s fan mail address and write her a letter. I sent that letter End of January and to this day, have not heard back. But in her defense, she’s probably still loving the hype from the new Gilmore Girls series. But let’s be honest. Who isnt?
So I then decided to go down another route, taking a look at musicals! I’m sure you can see where this is going, but just stick with it. I watched Les Miserables and thought to myself that I can try and re-modernize it. It’s a crime just thinking about it! But, like with ‘Someday, Someday, Maybe’ I wrote a script.
But after several re-writes and several viewings of the film later, (I’ve seen the show on Broadway, absolutely strange with American Accents) I never felt I had enough gravitas in the script to give such a wonderful book, film, musical justice.