Amazon Studios is seeking writers or teams to rewrite a movie project just added to its development slate: Leon, a heartfelt comedy about a guy who learns that it hasn’t been such a wonderful life after all (at least not for the people around him). The opportunity will pay up to $33,000.
To be considered, writers are asked to submit a short overview of how they’d approach the story, and a story treatment in narrative form (details here). Submissions are due by Oct. 9, 2012. WGA members can learn more by having their agent contact our Los Angeles-based production company, Amazon Studios, Inc.
Here are details on the project:
By Kevin Scannell
Logline: Sam believes he’s a great guy until a guardian angel shows him that everyone around him would have been better off if Sam had never been born. Think Liar Liar meets It’s A Wonderful Life.
Why we love it: This is a heartfelt comedy script with great potential.
Thinking of submitting a rewrite proposal? Here’s some additional advice from our creative team: The current draft has many excellent qualities, but we’d like to show more of how Sam redeems himself, as well as tell the story from Sam’s point of view. While Leon (Sam’s guardian angel) is pretty amusing, we think he should serve either as a supporting character or more as a deus ex machina device that gets the story started. Either is fine as long as Sam is the lead character, a protagonist with a strong arc. As you contemplate how you’d rewrite the script, feel free to add, remove or change characters, settings, names, and scenes; rework these if it serves to better tell your version of the story. We do want you to keep it a comedy, and to hold on to the core premise.
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