So right out of the gate, I’m confused; the Wikipedia link he sent me lists the film as 135 minutes long, and he’s talking about it like it’s a short and wants 15 pages. So, I questioned him about the soundness of doing a “movie on spec.” His reply mansplained it all to me:
Dan, the film was a Short Film, it was his Student Film, so it is a Remake of his Short Film, still as a Short Film, do you see now?, and we will have Steven Spielberg's Rep watch it firsthand prior to anyone else, yes on spec at the moment, but this is also on spec for me too with the chance of a lifetime to win Steven Spielberg's camp over with new film creation, to of his very first film when he was still in high school at the age of 17 back in 1964.
About 3 minutes of the film exists and was posted on Youtube. The plot was some sort of precursor to Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” Done on weekends, with friends and members of the high school acting club. The kid got it “world premiered” at the local movie theater. I guess that’s one of the differences between me and Spielberg. He hustles and makes a movie and gets it in a theater while in high school where I was still figuring out my right from my left.
Anyway, while everything online claims it was a full-length movie, Elias is insisting I churn out a 15-minute script…
Hi Dan, ok, well our mission is to compose a Short Film for Firelight as a remake then. We'll send a mp3 to the rep of Steven Spielberg when the Short Film is completed for their review. If you can write 15 pages, maybe have it done in a week, that would be exceptional, think u can knock out 15 pages in a week from today?
Here’s the thing, though; while I’m working on “Firelight,” he emails me on July 1 asking if I know an agent. All of this is starting to turn into one of these recent online handyman ads, where I’m supposed to contact a bunch of contractors, get some bids and see who’s best. I tell Christian I don’t have an agent, only part-time manager. “Oh, does your manager know any agents?” He wants to submit a script that is a sequel to a “well-known comedy.” And I keep getting an email every 10 minutes for over an hour because I didn’t respond to his original email. Finally he tells me what that’s about: He got someone else to write a sequel to “Van Wilder,” supposedly with the producers' ok, but (but!) the producers won’t look at the script unless it’s submitted by an agent. He repeats this few times both via email and telephone. Of course my question is “Why would the producers agree to reading a script if they weren’t even going to accept it?”
I send my manager an email asking if he can help with this submission mission on July 1, going into the holiday weekend. On July 5, Christian’s back, hounding me. I tell him I haven’t heard back yet. Then things take another turn…