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Movie Update

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It’s been a little while since I’ve spoken (or typed, rather!) here regarding “Hero Life”. For those of you who haven’t been paying attention, I say shame on you! But, since you’re here now, all’s well. Right? Right. “Hero Life”, for those who haven’t been paying attention, is my current project. It’s a live-action, feature-length, paranormal, superhero film. “Hero Life” is one of the things that’s taking my time away from novels. For those of you who are awaiting my next book release, I thank you for your patience. After “Hero Life” is written, I’ll be returning to one of the novels-in-progress that are sitting on my plate. Please bear with me just a little while longer.

This first draft of “Hero Life” is nearly finished. The entire film had been outlined before work even began on the script. Working from that outline, I have notes typed up to run through to the ending of the film. Contractually, “Hero Life” is to be done by the end of this month. If I can manage a couple of low-distraction days (distraction-free with a toddler in the house is impossible; I won’t even try to ask for that!) I expect “Hero Life” to be wrapped up well before the end of December.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Still Not Producing

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This is a topic I’ve covered here before, but it’s been a while. It’s been a few months, at least, I think. Despite my being involved in screenwriting, I’m not a film producer. It’s flattering when someone asks, but I’m not a producer. I’m a writer. I have the same difficulties with finding a home for screenplays as most other writers of films.

At one time I was going to co-produce a film, and was pretty vocal about that. Sadly, that entire project has fallen apart. Long story short, the person I was working with went behind my back,brought in someone else, and effectively tried to cut me out of that project entirely. I dropped him, along with several other projects he and I were working on together. So, I was going to take on a production role with that project, but it didn’t happen. I’d still like to have the experience of working as a film producer, but simply don’t have the resources at hand to take on more than a no-budget short film project at the moment. Maybe someday…

But, for now, I’m not a film producer. So, flattered as I am when people send me their scripts, asking me to produce them, I’m not in a position to do so. Yet.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

ATTN: Warner Bros.

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As you all well know by this time, I’m a huge comic book fan. I’m a non-repentant fanboy of the DC Comics Universe ( DCU ). You can’t imagine how thrilled I am right now with the amount of DCU-based television and film projects that are either currently on the air, or in development. We have “Arrow” and “The Flash” on the CW Network, with “iZombie” – a comic book I haven’t read – coming soon. Fox is airing “Gotham”. NBC has “Constantine”. CBS is rumored to have a “Supergirl” series in the works.

Any the movies! We have “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” due out in 2016, “Wonder Woman”, “Justice League”, a “Green Lantern” reboot, “The Flash”, “Aquaman”, “Shazam”, and several others in various stages of development right now, too, including new solo Batman and Superman films. I plan to be in the theater for each of those I’ve listed here. I can’t wait!

As a bestselling, award-winning writer of books, comic books and screenplays, and a fan of the DCU, I would love, love, love to work on a DCU-based project. Be it an actual DCU comic book title, a novel based on a character, or a TV or film project. I’ve posted on this blog before regarding a “Green Lantern” sequel, and my desire to work on an “Aquaman” project. I would link back to the “Green Lantern” post, but that was regarding an article I had written for “Nuclear Winter Entertainment” when I was a contributing writer for them. That site is now defunct, and the article linked to in the aforementioned post is, like the rest of the site, gone.

Batman is my primary DCU character. I have story ideas involving him that I’d like to write. Since the launching of DC’s New 52, I’ve become almost as big of an Aquaman fan, too, and want very much to work on an “Aquaman” project. As DC and Warner Bros. don’t seem to have too much faith in that character, maybe they’d be willing to allow me a shot at that?

What do you say, DC Comics, and Warner Bros.? Here I stand, or sit, to be fully truthful – a bestselling, award-winning writer of books, comics, and screenplays, as well as a DCU fan, asking you flat-out to give me a shot at a DCU-based project. Comic? A novel? TV show? Film? Your choice, guys! Please let me hear from you!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

“Hero Life” Update

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As you all know by now, I’m co-writing a new live-action, feature-length screenplay. It’s called “Hero Life”. As I’ve said before about the project, for those of you who may have missed it when I posted about it here, “Hero Life” has a plot that revolves around a paranormal superhero. Contractually, the script for “Hero Life” is to be completed by the end of next month.

Currently, we’re seventy-five pages into the script. We’re building toward the climax. At this point, things are certainly on track for wrapping up this script by the end of December. Luckily for me, my co-writer will be coping with the sales aspects of this project. That frees me up to leap into the next project on my proverbial plate once “Hero Life” is wrapped up.

Working on “Hero Life” is a lot of fun, though. It’s a great story, with interesting characters. Once the film is made, there will be some very interesting visuals, too. This is a project that I think all of you will enjoy.

Scott Harper

http://www.scottharper.net

“MoonWraith”—Screenplay Available

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Logline: Kizzy Faw is a Seer sent to help locate a mystic talisman, but a head injury has robbed her of her gift, landing her in a war between humans and werewolves.

“MoonWraith” originally began as the concept for a one-hour television drama/horror. I have a pilot script. The most recent draft is the sixth version. This script is the basis for the first story arc of the hit “MoonWraith” webcomic created by myself and Desirée Lee.

Currently, “MoonWraith” is being considered by a potential Executive Producer. However, this individual has not yet come forward with an Option on the project, and has been unable to work “MoonWraith” into his schedule. So, for the moment, this project is still available. Although “MoonWraith” has always been intended as a television series, I would be willing to work with a producer to adapt it as a film, or as a film series. For the television series incarnation of “MoonWraith”, I have a project bible which explains where I see the series going over the first two 13-episode seasons.

Though intended as live-action, “MoonWraith” ought to work well as a CGI project, too. Even a live-action version would require heavy CGI for the werewolf transformations, and other effects.

Anyone interested in reading the “MoonWraith” pilot script can get in touch with me via the “Contact” page of my website.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Peter S. Beagle

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This past Friday evening, Desirée Lee and I had a rare and very wonderful treat. The legendary Peter S. Beagle, author of “The Last Unicorn”, and the screenwriter who wrote the film based on his own book, appeared at our local theater as part of a promotional tour for an upcoming hardcover re-release of “The Last Unicorn”. For the price of a normal ticket, we were able to attend a Q&A with Mr. Beagle, see “The Last Unicorn” on the big screen – something I’d never had the pleasure of before, and which Desirée had not done since the film’s initial release back in 1982 – and then attend a meet-and-greet/autograph signing with Mr. Peter S. Beagle after the film.

Meeting Mr. Beagle was a true pleasure. The man is very intelligent, witty, humorous, glad of his fans and happy to meet them. Desirée and I are both honored to have been able to meet this legendary creator – both as fans of his work, and as bestselling, award-winning authors and screenwriters ourselves. Hopefully our paths and Mr. Beagle’s will cross again at some point in time. Desirée and I would both like that very much.

Mr. Beagle, if you’re reading this, thank you again for your work, and for the tour that allowed us the honor of meeting you.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Faerie Rampage?

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In recent weeks I’ve posted a couple of videos here on this blog/site that I’ve come across. Those two videos were of what their makers are claiming to be an elf, or some small, elf-like being, sighted near the family’s young son on both occasions. See those videos here and here if you haven’t, and are interested in doing so.

While some people might find it odd that a bestselling, award-winning author – me – would devote space to a blog with the focus on his career to such things, I’m doing so. I find these phenomena fascinating, personally. And most of my work falls into the paranormal, fantasy, and horror genres. Due to that, matters such as these are of interest to me for work reasons, too.

A new article has come to my attention. It focuses on a house in Ireland, and recent events surrounding it. According to the article, which can be read here, several people who have lived in that house in recent years have all died. Each passing was because of different circumstances. But each was murdered, or killed in an accident, while living in the same house. The residence in question is owned by a housing commission. Enough people want the building demolished after the string of deaths to sway some officials in that direction. So, the house might not be standing for much longer.

One of the main reasons behind the move to tear the house down seems to be a belief that faeries are responsible for this string of deaths. A folklorist has tried to determine if the house was built near sacred faerie land, or maybe even on a faerie path of some type. As yet, that’s been undermined. Still, enough people blame faeries for the string of death that they’re pushing hard enough for the demolition of the house, in spite of a shortage of such housing, that the building may well end up being torn down.

These are the types of events that inspire books, and movies! If anyone has any further information on this case, I’d be very interested in reading it. Again, I find occurrences such as this of interest for work and personal reasons both.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

“Monster Lab”—Screenplay Available

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Logline: College folklore professor Wade Sarkis is forced by the US military to help deal with werewolves that were created in a research experiment gone wrong.

“Monster Lab” is a feature-length screenplay. My intent is that it be filmed as live-action, but it ought to work well as a CGI film, also. The budget would likely be rather high on this one, if it was filmed live-action. In addition to the werewolves needing to be brought to live on-screen, several complex sets would need to be constructed for the hidden, underground government lab where the vast majority of the story is set.

A draft of the “Monster Lab” script is available for option or sale. If anyone is interested in reviewing it, please get in touch with me via the “Contact” page on my website. “Monster Lab” has undergone several rewrites through a number of drafts over the past several years since I first began work on this project.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

“Hero Life”

For those of you who missed attending the recent 1st Annual Klamath Library ComicCon, you also missed hearing the little announcement about the new screenplay I’m co-writing. I’ve been pretty much mum on that topic. I broke that silence at the ComicCon. And I’ve deliberately made everyone else wait a few days before posting this here. Why? So the rest of you who are able to do so will, maybe, turn out at future signings I appear at to avoid missing announcements I make at them! Let this be a lesson to you all!

I’m still not saying much, but will post here what I was saying at the ComicCon recently:

1) The new movie is titled “Hero Life”.

2) “Hero Life” is a feature-length script.

3) It’s meant as a live-action film.

4) The main plot revolves around a paranormal superhero.

See? I’ve said before that the new film project is something my fans and readers would expect me to be working on. For those of you who don’t know enough about me and my work, please let me explain that. A lot of my work falls into the paranormal, or supernatural genres. And I’m a huge comic book fan.

Please keep watching this site and blog. I’ll say more about “Hero Life” as I can. Much as I want to blab everything now, I won’t. I don’t want to say too much too soon. The script is expected, contractually, to be wrapped up by the end of next month. As of the writing of this post, I’m waiting to hear from my co-writer on this project. If the current batch of pages that I’ve written meets with his satisfaction, we’re just over sixty pages into the script at this point – over halfway through it.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

“Dart”—Screenplay Available

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Logline: Porter Harwood is a comic book artist who suffers from Graves Disease. When he undergoes an experimental treatment, every muscle in his body alters, becoming the quick, darting muscles of the type that control the human eye—the fastest muscles in the human body. He uses his abilities to fight crime.

“Dart” is a feature-length screenplay. My intent is that it be filmed as live-action, but it ought to work well as a CGI film, also. The budget for “Dart” shouldn’t be anything too very lavish. There would be some effects needed for Porter’s speed powers when he uses them. Also, there is a nightclub that is seen several times throughout the film. Those scenes would either require custom sets, or custom decorating of an existing nightclub for those scenes. And there is a large warehouse explosion very near the end of the movie.

A draft of the “Dart” script is available for option or sale. If anyone is interested in reviewing it, please get in touch with me via the “Contact” page on my website. “Dart” has undergone several rewrites through a number of drafts over the past six years since I first began work on this project.

One of the villains in the film is a man named Dillon Whittenbeck. That role was originally written with Mr. Michael Winslow in mind for it. That came about after a friend who has had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with Mr. Winslow told me that, given how much he’s known for comedy roles, Mr. Winslow wanted to “play a bad guy, and kill someone on-screen”. Even given the time that has gone by since I first wrote the Dillon Whittenbeck role with Mr. Winslow in mind, I would still very much like to see him in the role if possible.

I look forward to hearing from interested parties about this project,

Scott Harper
www.scottharper.net

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