My friend, Cheryl McKay, wrote a movie that is opening this weekend -- THE ULTIMATE GIFT.
The movie stars James Garner and Abigail Breslin (of LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE fame), Brian Dennehy, and a bunch more. It also won the Crystal Heart at The Heartland Film Festival.
I haven't seen it yet, but I know that Cheryl is a wonderful writer. How good of a writer?
THE ULTIMATE GIFT is based on a best selling book. Cheryl was about the fifth writer hired to try and adapt the thing (typcial for Hollywood). Here's a secret for you non-writer types: a good adaptation requires change -- since it is being translated into a media with a completely different set of strengths.
Oh, and a good adaptation has to stay true to the heart of the original.
Cheryl was the first writer to come up with that winning combination -- different, yet true.
So, back to my question -- how good of a writer?
A novelist (Rene Gutteridge) has been hired to write a novelization of the movie. Yeah, Cheryl did her job so well, that there will now be two THE ULTIMATE GIFT novels -- the original, and the one based on Cheryl's work.
You can see the flick this weekend, AND support my favorite writing class: Act One Writing for Hollywood by buying your tickets online.
Go to: http://www.foxfilmfund.com/
Choose The Ultimate Gift and enter your zip code.
If you find a theater in your area, proceed to GET TICKETS NOW.
It will direct you to Fox Faith’s section of Fandago.
Upon check out, you can enter the Act One code: 500231
To view the trailer - go here.
And enjoy the show.
Just my thoughts,