Cinema popcorn vendor secures sci-fi movie deal
Here’s a tale which will be inspirational to all those amateur script writers out there, beavering away at their keyboards in hours or even minutes snatched before work and bedtime.
A British part-time script scribbler who worked in cinema – because it was the closest he felt he could get to the world of film – has landed a big movie deal.
The Daily Mail reported that Stuart Gallop, in his early thirties, wrote a script for a sci-fi flick entitled “In War They Come”.
He did this while flogging popcorn and sweeping the floor of a cinema theatre, taking time in-between shifts to watch the films, of course.
Apparently it took him almost a decade to finish the first draft, and he’s spent a couple of years since then polishing it. Certainly proving the old advice about taking your time when it comes to writing, and getting things right.
When speaking of his time at the cinema, Gallop told the Mail: “I worked there because it was the nearest I could get at the time to being involved with films.”
“When I was there was when things like Saving Private Ryan were out. I remember some of the old veterans who went in to watch it coming out very upset and moved. It really stuck in my mind and I thought, ‘that is the sort of impact that a film can have on people.’”
In fact, Gallop’s script is set in the Vietnam war, and involves aliens who use the conflict as a cover to abduct and experiment on humans who are presumed MIA.
He took the concept to the Cannes Film Festival where he found backers from Hollywood, who have now secured $10 million in funding to make the feature.
Currently the producers are looking for a director and filming is expected to start early next year. Best of luck with it, Mr Gallop!
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