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“Sofia the First”

As you know, we have a 2-year-old daughter. She’s become a fan of the Disney series “Sofia the First”. And I’m not ashamed to say that I love this show, too! I always look forward to sitting down with her to watch it. Granted, I’m not the target audience for the show – far from it! – but I still enjoy watching it. It is, by far, my favorite of the shows she likes to watch.  Princess Sofia is a great role model, and the show is a lot of fun, and something different with each episode.

That said, it’d be a lot of fun to be able to work on an episode as a writer. Can anyone reading this help that to happen? If so, please get in touch with me via the “Contact” form on my website.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

“Winter’s Rite” and Walt Disney’s “Frozen”

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Yesterday, Desirée and I watched “Frozen”. We both liked it. We liked the characters, and both of us found parts of the film truly funny. The animation was breath-taking as well. However, while watching the movie, I couldn’t help but draw some parallels between the film and my first novel—”Winter’s Rite”, which was released on February 13, 2006.

“Frozen” is “loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale “The Snow Queen”” according to the film’s credits and Wikipedia. Sorry to say, I’ve never read that piece of classic literature. If my novel “Winter’s Rite” is really so close in a few details to “The Snow Queen”, I’m amazed. The part that really stuck out to me was ***SPOILER ALERT!*** the scene with the creature Elsa had outside of her castle of ice. It bears a marked resemblance to the Ice Phantoms in “Winter’s Rite”. Other details were eerily similar, too.

Maybe I’ve simply had too many ideas stolen from me over the years. Maybe I’m paranoid. Maybe it’s purely coincidence. If so, let’s explore this option—many fans have told me, after reading the book, that “Winter’s Rite” would make an excellent film. Several have specifically remarked on how suited they think the book is to a CGI film.

Who out there is interested in seeing “Winter’s Rite” adapted as an animated film, CGI, or otherwise?

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Rainbow Brite

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Who else remembers Rainbow Brite from the 1980s? The franchise wasn’t aimed at guys, but I still liked the character—and, no, I’m not the only guy willing to stand up and publically admit to liking Rainbow Brite!

Now, at 38-years-old, married, and with a 6-month-old daughter, I’ve been thinking about over animated cartoons from my childhood. “Rainbow Brite” is one I keep mentally revisiting—with admittedly fuzzy memories. I’ve looked on-line, hoping to find the original “Rainbow Brite” films and TV series from the 1980s on Blu-Ray. Hasn’t happened, though I have turned up a few on DVD. I plan to buy those for my daughter someday soon, by the way. And, yes, I plan to, quite happily, sit and watch them with her.

These Internet searches make me sad. Apparently, there has been no new official “Rainbow Brite” projects since the late 1980s. Why? So many other 80s properties have made a resurgence in recent years—”He-man and the Masters of the Universe”, “G.I.Joe”, “My Little Pony”, “Strawberry Shortcake”, “Care Bears”, “Smurfs”, etc. Why hasn’t there been a new “Rainbow Brite” series created? Or a new theatrical “Rainbow Brite” feature film? Traditional, hand-drawn cel animation, or CGI—Rainbow Brite’s world would work in either.

Please allow this to be my official request to be brought on board a new “Rainbow Brite” project—film, TV, or both. Hallmark Cards produced the franchise in the 1980s. I’ve no idea who owns it now. But, whomever controls the “Rainbow Brite” franchise now, if you’d like to have a bestselling, award-winning author with a large amount of fantasy writing experience, and some screenwriting experience, aboard a new “Rainbow Brite” project or franchise, I’d dearly love to be hired onto such a project. It would be a true joy to work on such a project—both for myself as a “Rainbow Brite” fan from way back, and to create something special for my daughter to enjoy. You have my word that I want to stay true to the original tone and feel of the franchise, and not do what has been done to many others such properties. In other words, I have no desire to see “Rainbow Brite”…”modernized”…shall we say, and filled with crude humor. I want to work on a “Rainbow Brite” project that is pure “Rainbow Brite” to its core.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Aquaman

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The DC Comics character Arthur Curry—a.k.a Aquaman—has, over the past couple of years, turned into one of my favorite fictional people. Before DC launched into the New 52, I had never really followed Aquaman. I had seen him cameo in other comics I read, but had never read his book. I keep mentally kicking myself for that, wishing I had picked up “Aquaman” a long, long time ago. Granted, I don’t know what the stories were like before the extremely talented Mr. Geoff Johns began writing “Aquaman”. But I love his work on the book, and am sorry to see him leaving that title.

Anyone who knows me—even a little—knows of my fandom (all right; near obsession is closer to the mark) for Batman. I first began reading the Batman family of titles back in the early 1990s, coming to them only a month or two after the “Knightfall” trilogy in which Bane was introduced. Before then, I had been a reader of Marvel titles, but came to my senses and hopped over to the DCU. I instantly discovered that I vastly prefer the DCU, and have never looked back.

Anyway, since the early 1990s, I have been a die-hard DC fan. Especially of Batman. Yet, as said above, I had never really gotten to know Aquaman. For some reason that I still don’t understand, I had a very, very strong urge to read “Aquaman” when the New 52 launched. I picked up the first issue, loved it, and am now almost as big of a fan of Aquaman as I am of Batman.

Regularly, things show up on-line regarding Aquaman. Most of these things take the slant toward bashing the character. I’ve come to the conclusion that these people either don’t know the character at all, or, at the very least, haven’t given the current title a try. Aquaman, as written by Geoff Johns, is a solid character. Being half-Atlantean, Arthur Curry is only half-human. Yet, he had more humanity in him than most fully-human comic book characters.

His non-human lineage has blessed him with an array of powers—an entire physiology evolved to withstand the crushing, cold depths of a deep ocean environment. This allows for super strength, the ability to breathe underwater, being able to swim faster than any human could even begin to move in the water, and skin toughened nearly to the point of being bullet-proof. On top of that, he is able to telepathically communicate with sea life. Contrary to popular belief, he doesn’t control them, however. He can simply communicate with ocean life, calling upon them for help.

Yet, Aquaman is a thinking, feeling being. He has a wife—a mermaid named Mera—and is deeply in love with her. Never knowing his mother, and the loss of his father, affect Arthur in a very fundamental way. He’s been hurt time after time by betrayals by those he thought were close friends and allies. These things make Aquaman someone any reader can identify with.

Keeping these things in mind, I truly think that an “Aquaman” movie could be a spectacular thing. Recently, I read something about this on-line. Apparently, Warner Bros.—who owns DC Comics—has estimated that an “Aquaman” movie would take around $200 million to make. This is due to all of the CGI and underwater photography that would be needed.  According to what I read, Warner Bros. is also of the mindset that Aquaman is a “third-tier character”, and that they wouldn’t recoup the cost of making the project.

I wholeheartedly disagree.

Aquaman is a fantastic character. He’s strong physically, yes, but also strong morally. Yet, as said before, he’s more human than most other fully-human comic book characters. He struggles emotionally at times. His dual heritage means that Arthur Curry is not fully at home—or welcome—on land, or in the ocean. Each side finds him suspicious because of his bloodline from the other. He’s an outcast wherever he goes. And, despite his moral strength, Aquaman has killed. He accidently murdered the father of a man named David (last name still unknown) in a rage-filled attempt to avenge the death of his own father at David’s hands. David, in a on-going attempt to avenge his own father, became Black Manta—one of Aquaman’s greatest foes. To this day Aquaman deeply regrets his actions that day; that never stops eating at him.

Aquaman’s personality, social status as sometimes King of Atlantis, yet mistrusted by people both in Atlantis and on land, combined with his physical attributes, would allow for a deeply-compelling, layered film. A movie focusing on the character could incorporate so many things. We could see an emotionally-vulnerable, yet morally strong superhero on screen. Aquaman could well be a role model for everyone if people would simply show this character the support and respect he deserves.

On top of that, for those who are drawn in and captivated simply by eye-candy CGI, an Aquaman movie would provide lots of that, too. I keep imagining what Atlantis and the underway seascapes would look like in such a movie. They would be truly incredible.

People who simply want lots of action in a film could also be satisfied by an Aquaman movie. Even when not working as part of the Justice League team, Arthur Curry is a man of action. He has a rogue’s gallery as impressive as Batman’s in length, on top of the companies he takes on who are harming the ocean environments of the Earth.

The possibilities for a film focusing on Arthur Curry are endless. I very much hope that the upper echelon bozos at Warner Bros. pull their collective heads of the sand and realize that very quickly. From what I keep reading on-line, they do plan to give us an Aquaman-centric film at some point. But they keep pushing that back, further and further. It seems they want to release the Batman/Superman film, which is currently in development, and then release “Wonder Woman”, “The Flash”, “Green Lantern 2”, and “Justice League” before working on “Aquaman”. There other in-development films based on DC comics characters, too, that will probably see release before “Aquaman”. And, I fear that Warner Bros. will simply slap something together, half-heartedly, in the expectation than an Aquaman film will fail, thus sabotaging the project, creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. I don’t want that to happen. I want them to release a solid, well-thought out “Aquaman” movie. I want them to promote and market the film properly. Such a project could prove to the world that Aquaman is an excellent, solid character who is to be admired and respected.

As a writer, and a fan of Aquaman, I would relish the chance to work on an Aquaman project—be it a novel (where the lion’s share of my experience lies), comic book project, TV series (live action, or animated), or a film (again, live action, or animated). Warner Bros.? DC Comics? Are you listening to me? Here’s an experienced writer who wants a chance to help prove to the world that Aquaman could be a gold mine for you. Where do I sign up?

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

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