When mothers give birth, I hear a lot of times that they don't want to see their child right after. They're so mentally and emotionally exhausted from the labor that the last thing they want to do is see what caused all of it.
Well if a script really is a child, I've been in two months of labor and I'd have to agree with the above point in that I really don't want to see what I've been working on anymore.
A few months ago, I met with a producer that asked me to write a film on Koreatown. At first I said "no." In fact, there's nothing I would want to write a film about LESS than that densely populated part of Los Angeles filled with debauchery and crime.
I wanted to write something else for him, but he just would not let that Koreatown idea go. And so, after a lot of thinking, I found a way to give him what he wanted while still being able to write what I would want to write.
The result? A neo-noir thriller similar to "Chinatown" but set in modern day Koreatown. You have the private investigator. You have the femme fatale with an ace up her sleeve. You have political corruption and a twisted family secret.
So I started writing this thing a little more than two months ago. In the middle of it, I took a three week break to direct and edit "Finding Bella." And now, three weeks after wrapping final edits on "Bella," I'm about to finish writing "K-Town."
It is with much pleasure/disdain that I push forth my latest child from my loins.
Pleasure because I was able to take a story that I wasn't too passionate about to begin with and turn it into something that I was able to "make my own," in the words of the great Randy Jackson.
Disdain in that, well, it was a story that I wasn't too passionate about to start with, and I'm just glad I'm done with it.
But of course, I hope this isn't the end for "K-town" and that it will lead to an option or script sale, in which case I won't be done with it at all. Rather, I'll probably be doing re-writes on it through the end of the year.
But for now, tons more to finish, this time on projects that I'm 100% passionate about.
Let's do this!!