And the honest kicker is that I’m not exactly sure why it didn’t appeal to me. Is it because I was never a too much of an outsider, is it because I’ve never suffered any real abuse, or is it simply because as a male I had a more difficult time relating to the mostly female cast. Whatever the reason, I can say that it’s not the fault of the book or its writing, but of my relation to it (hey, sometime it happens this way).Which is admirably honest of him, I think.
And then, in a magazine called Inside Film: for Australian content creators (content creators'—brrrr!), there's an interview with Robert McKee, the storytelling-teacher, who's written a script for a thriller, with Sharon Stone likely to be cast in the lead role.
According to McKee, they need 'two more superb male actors and we will fight like crazy to raise twenty, thirty million dollars to make that and it will be an uphill battle, but I've been through it many, many times. The one thing I do not write is commercial. I'm not able to do that. Madness is very dark, and it has a female protagonist. When you have female protagonists in screenplays it's a huge problem. It's so much harder to raise the money. If necessary, we will bring the budget down to something between five and ten million and make it for that.''It's hard work,' he adds, 'and it can be heartbreaking but if you believe in what you're doing, you can't do otherwise.'