With the Oscar result due any moment, I’m in the curious state of being conflicted over which to root for this year, for the coveted Best Picture award! There are some genuinely diverse, interesting films up for the 2017 … a far cry from recent years. And long may that continue as far as B2W is concerned.
However, if someone really twisted my arm? I would have to put my vote in for ARRIVAL. I’ve long been an admirer of Eric Heisserer’s work – I’d watched with interest his struggles to get the film greenlit, with Eric having to work on spec for most of it.
Based on Ted change’s legendary short novella, Story of Your Life, it was a massive undertaking for Heisserer to get people on board … This is despite Eric having a writer’s resumé most of us would kill for — a reminder to all Bang2writers that sometimes, you just have to go for it!
So, Eric’s efforts have paid off, big style and it’s VERY much deserved. If you follow him as @Highzurrer on Twitter, you’ll know Eric regularly offers up nuggets of screenwriting gold … plus he’s very passionate on the subject of female leads, so this is always something B2W is always keen to exploit!
Below, you’ll find a tweet discussion between me and Eric about female leads, with reference to two movies we both enjoyed in 2014, GRAVITY and LUCY. I love Eric’s insights here – if you’ve seen ARRIVAL, then you’ll know he takes his own advice with his protagionist, Louise Banks (played by Amy Adams)! Enjoy …
By The Way!
I did a case study on Eric’s criminally underrated drama, HOURS in my Writing And Selling Drama Screenplays book. Eric also directed the movie, which was the last film of the late Paul Walker.
HOURS is a beautiful, poignant story of fatherhood and the efforts we go to for our children. In some ways, it’s an excellent flip side for ARRIVAL. Make sure you give it a watch!
One last thing …
I do an in-depth breakdown of Story of Your Life and ARRIVAL, over at my book blog. To read it, CLICK HERE or on the picture below. Let us know which you prefer!