Book to Film

As a screenwriter -- I have had three spec scripts optioned -- and have written scripts-for-hire.

One of my films, Sunshine Pilot, was set to be shot right here in Florida at Kermit Weeks' Fantasy of Flight. I wrote the film for Debbie Reynolds and we were so excited to work with our favorite actress. Debbie was the inspiration for my film about a woman fighting to save her small airline in Florid. It would have been a ABSOLUTE JOY to work with her.  We had the Florida Tax Credit for over a million dollars and our financing was in place. Unfortunately, the big financial crisis hit us and so our production plans had to be cancelled. By the time things picked up, we had other problems to overcome.

It's sad, because I have always loved Debbie Reynolds. My mother would wake us up singing "Good Morning, Good Morning..." and I kept up the tradition by singing it almost every morning to my sons.

Years after the film was cancelled I started Joy on Paper -- and I was honored and humbled when I got the chance to interview Debbie's good friend, Dorian Hannaway, who co-wrote Debbie's last book: Make 'Em Laugh: Short-Term Memories of Longtime Friends. Debbie wasn't really up to doing an interview herself, but she wanted to thank me for promoting her book -- so, being the thoughtful person that she was, she offered to tape a Happy New Year message to my listeners. 

We were all so excited when she called the studio and taped her message. A few days later, before I could play her message on air, Carrie Fisher passed away. The next day Debbie was gone. It was heartbreaking. 

I think that perhaps the tape she made for my listeners might have been the last taping she ever did. It is something that I shall always treasure. That was Debbie -- right up to the end she was kind and generous and always wanted to leave us laughing. 

 

Debbie and Me

As a screenwriter -- I have had three spec scripts optioned -- and have written four scripts-for-hire.

One of my films, Sunshine Pilot, was set to be shot right here in Florida at Kermit Weeks' Fantasy of Flight. I wrote this comedy for Debbie Reynolds. Debbie (my own favorite actress because my mother was very much like her--little bundles of energy!) was the inspiration for my film about a former World War II WASP (Women Air Service Pilot) who is fighting to save her small airline in Florida. It would have been a ABSOLUTE JOY to work with her.  We had the Florida Tax Credit for over a million dollars and our financing was in place when, unfortunately, the big financial crisis hit us. All our plans had to be cancelled and, by the time things picked up, we had other problems to overcome.

It's sad, because I have always loved Debbie Reynolds. My mother would wake us up singing "Good Morning, Good Morning..." and I kept up the tradition by singing it almost every morning to my sons.

When I started Joy on Paper -- and I was honored and humbled when I got the chance to interview Debbie's good friend, Dorian Hannaway, who co-wrote Debbie's last book: Make 'Em Laugh: Short-Term Memories of Longtime Friends. Debbie wasn't really up to doing an interview herself, but she wanted to thank me for promoting her book -- so, being the thoughtful person that she was, she offered to tape a Happy New Year message to my listeners. 

We were all so excited when she called the studio and taped her message. A few days later, before I could play her message on air, Carrie Fisher passed away. The next day Debbie was gone. It was heartbreaking.

I think that perhaps the tape she made for my listeners might have been the last taping she ever did. It is something that I shall always treasure. That was Debbie -- right up to the end she was kind and generous and always wanted to leave us laughing.


My producer, Jonathan Chambers (HyperactiveDreams) and I are still hoping to literally get this script off the ground. We are actively pursuing investors and just hope we can find an actress with half the energy and enthusiasm that Debbie would have brought to Sunshine Pilot.

 

 


Debbie with my husband, Asher Gil, Executive Producer, Sunshine Pilot.