Audiences root for heroes and writers do their utmost best to satisfy the demand by constantly creating heroes of all shapes and sizes.
A protagonist (or even antagonist) can only become a hero in your story if the character sacrifices his / her life for someone else, something else, or to save the world.
Antiheroes have become equally popular and are this generation’s go-to protagonist. Audiences love them because they often have the courage to say what we all would like to say and do what we all would like to do in any given situation. Antiheroes are void of the rules and regulations that society has created over the years, whether it’s based on law and order or sociological expectations.
Of the new films releasing on 13 March, Jane Austen's Emma is a well-intentioned yet deeply flawed hero who can be arrogant, spoiled and blind to her own faults; Bloodshot is a complex, complicated and emotional Superhero, and Richard Jewell is the unsung hero of the 1966 Atlanta Games bombing.
In our The Write Journey course there's an in depth exploration on the creation, development and building of characters, focusing on the people who live your story: Protagonists, Heroes and Anti Heroes; Antagonists and Villains; and supporting and function characters.
Screenwriter Eleanor Catton wanted Emma to be funny in homage to the hilarity of the book
In finding the right screenwriter to adapt Jane Austen's Emma the producers turned to Eleanor Catton, whose 2013 Man Booker Prize-winning novel The Luminaries, set in 19th century New Zealand, won praise in all corners as a breezy, compelling and richly plotted read.
Catton’s response to the material was so strong, she managed to write a first draft in only three months. “My adaptation of The Luminaries had been a very long time in development, and as a novice screenwriter I had written hundreds and hundreds of drafts of each episode,” she explains. “Emma felt amazingly swift and straightforward by contrast.”
Richard Jewell – The true story behind the 1966 Atlanta Games bombing
Director/producer Clint Eastwood was intrigued enough to dramatize for the big screen the tragic story of Richard Jewell, a trusting man whose life was turned upside down by both the media and the law enforcement community he idolized.
What might read as the makings of a suspense thriller are not the imaginings of a creative mind, but were, in fact, the life-shattering reality for the real Richard Jewell when he discovered a bomb at the 1966 Atlanta Games.
Screenwriter Billy Ray, who penned the script, based on a 1997 Vanity Fair article by Marie Brenner, says, “I’ve always wanted to write for Clint—I think every writer feels that way—but especially on a movie like this because it concerns the kinds of themes that Clint has been exploring his entire career: justice, the power dynamics of American law enforcement, the ordinary man in an extraordinary circumstance. It was just a perfect marriage of director and material.”
Bloodshot – A complex, complicated and emotional Superhero
In adapting the Valiant comic Bloodshot, producer Toby Jaffe says that the producers sought to capture that. “I saw an opportunity to make something fresh for the audience,” he says. “This movie is about a solider on an emotional journey to find out what happened to him, and it becomes a movie about choice: is he a good guy or a bad guy? Who does he choose to be?”
The screenplay was crafted by Jeff Wadlow and Eric Heisserer, and the story is by Jeff Wadlow.
Writer-director Oliver Hermanus talks about Moffie
Christian Olwagen’s rousing Kanarie recently took us on a journey into the life of a young gay man who was called for military duty in 1985 and found his voice and prince charming when he discovered how through hardship, camaraderie, first love, and the liberating freedom of music, the true self can be discovered. Hermanus’ thought-provoking and haunting Moffie takes place 5-years earlier and shows how the fear of being queer was fostered in South Africa.
"When I first read the book I was quite taken by the texture and detail it told of this part of our history," says Hermanus. "I did not know about the treatment of gay conscripts, about Ward 22 or the damage that the system did to so many men and I felt very strongly that there was a power to Moffie that needed to be told on a cinema screen.
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