Saw this”screenplay wanted” listing on one of my newsletters:
>>We are looking for completed feature-length quirky drama scripts that draw on magic realism, something in the vein of ‘Mulholland Dr.,’ ‘Lost Highway,’ or one of Haruki Morukami’s novels (e.g. ‘After Dark’). Submissions should be for stories that examine the darker shadows and corners of human nature, albeit from an unusual perspective. We do not necessarily intend to focus so much on violence, but more on a fresh perspective of a deeper truth or perception – something that offers us a newer way of seeing things, possibly using a subtle sense of humour. It should speak with cinematic grammar and language and be visually atmospheric. It should not be so obscure as to be totally uncommercial and needs to be entertaining and have a good pace.
>>Budget will not exceed $6 million. WGA and non-WGA writers may submit.
Now, aside from a tangential discussion about what exactly he means by “magical realism” (my definition seems to be different from his), I figured this was the most direct solicitation for a script like Aftershocks that I am ever going to see in my lifetime. (Directly referencing Lost Highway and Mulholland Drive? Where has this guy been all my life?!) So I wrote the guy a quick note and submitted a logline/synopsis. We’ll see if he asks for the full script.
And if you’re reading this and you’ve never read Aftershocks, why not?