210 posts tagged movies
210 posts tagged movies
Following the heels of the option announcement of Tiger, Tiger, Chico Grande has been added to the Amazon Studios movie development slate. Chico Grande is the amalgamation of three different generations growing up in Mexico and the struggle of a child’s identity.
More about the project:
Creator: Jesus “Jesse” Celaya
Series Concept/Logline: A young boy in 1960’s Mexico struggles with his own identity while obsessing over the original B&W serial of The Lone Ranger.
Why We Optioned It: It’s an inspired and original coming of age story with a ton of heart, great characters and a strong message about what it means to be a hero.
From the Creator: “Chico Grande is an amalgamation of a three different childhoods: my Grandfather’s, my Father’s and my own. Growing up in Mexico, I used to listen to the old-timers tell stories about when they were young. A few of them stuck out and have become the story we now share.”
Amazon Studios has an open-door development process, for movies as well as series. Learn how to submit your script.
Flashback Friday: Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro
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“I’ve had close calls in the past and had things fall through with both major agencies and studios. The important thing is to always pick yourself up again and keep trying. It’s a cliché, but at the heart of every cliché is the truth,” said Leonid Leonov, a Prague based writer whose persistence just landed him on the Amazon Studios movie development slate.
The Dissident, penned by Leonov, is an intense historical drama about a Jewish American GI tasked with ‘extracting’ confessions from Nazi officers before the Nuremberg Trial. His beliefs are challenged by a Nazi SS judge who attempts to derail the Holocaust from the inside.
We asked Leonov about his inspirations, his script and his experience with Amazon Studios.
What inspired you to create this movie?
I stumbled across an article in, I think, the Guardian that mentioned the story of Konrad Morgen, this high-ranking Nazi SS judge that tried to shut down the Holocaust from the inside through legal means. Looking back, it would seem to have been a pretty futile effort, but the details are surprising: he imprisoned hundreds of SS members and even had a few executed for murder, including the infamous Kommandant Karl-Otto Koch. It surprised me that this wasn’t a better known story and the more I dug into Nuremberg transcripts and the like, the more intriguing it turned out to be. It’s rare to find such a gem for a historical drama completely untouched. Like finding a baby in the woods.
Why this story, why that setting?
Ostensibly, it’s the story of Morgen. The true protagonist, however, is the other half of an intertwined plot that is set a year after the end of World War II. Morgen’s story, almost completely true to historical fact, is being told to an invented character named Lieutenant Julius Greenberg. Greenberg is the American GI ordered to interrogate Morgen leading up to the Nuremberg Trials about his role in the Holocaust in the hopes he will admit that he is a war criminal. At first a staunch patriot, Greenberg later has second thoughts about some of the actions of the American occupation of Germany. In this way, I hoped to mix the events of the past with issues that are always relevant, no matter the time period or the country: What is one’s duty when there is a concern that one’s country is doing something wrong? How far should one go? And when does it make you culpable by doing nothing?
How did you hear about Amazon Studios? What made you decide to submit your work?
While finishing up a book, I knew that I’d want to take a slight break from prose, the Amazon Studios submission process presented a quick way to get back into the screenwriting game. That and it’s exciting to get in on the ground-floor of something, where risks are still being taken and good ideas are welcome.