2018 GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS: TRUTH SPEAKS LOUDER THAN FICTION

The 2018 Golden Globe nominations were announced today and I noticed a specific trend in some of these worthy projects and performances. See if you can guess….

1965 Golden Glob Winner, Samantha Eggar for The Collector (left) and Lee Marvin for Cat Ballou, compare trophies.

Best Picture (Drama)
BlackKkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody
Best Picture (Comedy)
The Green Book
The Favourite
Vice
Best Actor in a Drama
Willem Dafoe in At Eternity’s Gate
Rami Marek in Bohemian Rhapsody
Lucas Hedges in Boy Erased
John David Washington (son of Denzel) in BlacKkKlansman
Best Actor in a Comedy
Christian Bale in Vice
Viggo Mortensen in Green Book
Robert Redford in The Old Man & The Gun
John C. Reilly in Stan & Ollie

Catch on to the trend, yet? No? Well, this might help….
Best Actress (Drama)
Melissa McCarthy in Can You Forgive Me?
Rosamund Pike in A Private War
Best Actress (Comedy)
Olivia Colman in The Favourite
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali in Green Book
Timothée Chalamet in Beautiful Boy
Adam Driver in BlacKkKlansman
Richard E. Grant in Can You Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell in Vice
Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Amy Adams in Vice
Claire Foy in First Man
Emma Stone in The Favourite
Rachel Weisz in The Favourite

And several TV nominees fit the theme as well….
Best Limited Series
The Alienist
Dirty John
The Assassination of Giovanni Versace
Escape At Dannemora
A Very English Scandal
Knowing the regular subject of this blog, you must have guessed it by now…That’s right. Each one of the projects mentioned above are based on fact and in some instances, are out and out biopics. I don’t know if that’s a record for nominees, compared to years past, but it sure seems pretty impressive to me.
In other words, as long as it’s done well, you can’t go wrong being nominated and possibly winning an award if you base your project on non-fiction. Lee Marvin Point Blank is just such a worthy project (if I do say so myself), having made the NY Times Bestseller list at number 4 and garnering several awards when first published.

My personal copy of The hardcover dust jacket of Lee Marvin Point Blank (note the bronze medallion for winning the IPPY award), that is going to be quite collectible as it’s almost out of print!

Matter of fact, an extremely talented veteran filmmaker agrees with me. This uniquely talented writer/director wrote me the following:

“I am someone who absolutely believes in this project. It is such a rich story, with a unique protagonist, and goddam, it’s actually a TRUE story that encapsulates everything from rags to riches, from rise and fall, from hell to paradise, external bravo battling versus internal anguish….The list of ‘why do this?’ for me, goes on and on. I love it.[…] My desire is to be part of this project somehow, as I truly believe it will be a fabulous film that will resonate with Hollywood, and be award-baiting. You, sir, are sitting on an amazing project and I hope you realize, appreciate, and buy into, how much I love it.”

His response was based on the treatment I penned based on my book. Impressive, no? Now the question becomes what’s missing to make this project see the light of day? Answer: proper investors……Any takers? Seriously. It is available and the rewards are clearly there for the taking. Feel free to contact me here if interest has been peaked. Happy holidays!
– Dwayne Epstein

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LEE MARVIN BIOPIC: BACKGROUND & POSSIBILITIES

A Lee Marvin biopic would seem like a natural following the surprise success (except to me, of course) of the publication of Lee Marvin Point Blank in 2013.  Why? Well, one would just naturally assume that any non-fiction title that made the NY Times, Publisher’s Weekly and Wall Street Journal’s best seller list in the top five would have studios and executive producers just scrambling for the rights. Sadly, that has not been the case (yet) but it can be rectified with a little background info.
I have written about the possibility previously on this blog, as readers may have noticed. I’ve brought up the subject based on lead actors, young and old, possible directors, even casting ideas for supporting characters.

Schaffner Press decided to include the sunburst image and green banner highlight for Lee Marvin Point Blank’s paperback release in 2014.

Why have I written about it? A couple of reasons. First and foremost, the market for biopics has gained enormous interest lately, as detailed earlier this year in Market Watch.
Secondly, I would be less than an honest if I said the idea of a Lee Marvin biopic based on my book had not crossed my mind while I was working on it. It took me nearly 20 years to get a publisher interested in my book and the idea of a biopic existed even then.
My agent, Mike Hamilburg and I were constantly being told that the proposal is well-written but that there wasn’t a market for a Lee Marvin bio. Then Tim Schaffner of Schaffner Press agreed to publish it on almost a whim in 2013. It won several awards when it came out and, as previously mentioned, in June of 2014, the e-book made the NY Times bestseller list at #4. Wall Street Journal and Publisher’s Weekly, too! So much for there not being any interest in the project.
Okay, all that said, it was my agent, Mike, Hamilburg, who first suggested I write a film treatment based on the book.

I did just that, submitted it to him and was told that he would then shop it around as he thought it was one of the best he had ever come across. This, coming from the guy who helped put together the film American Hustle (!) Unfortunately, Mike fell into a coma around the holidays and died New Year’s Day, 2016. The project has been in free fall ever since, with no agent and no way to contact anyone to pitch it to for a possible option, which is a VERY frustrating situation.

One of the rare times Lee Marvin himself played a real-life character on film was RCMP’s Edgar Millen in DEATH HUNT.

Lee Marvin as Edgar Millen in DEATH HUNT.

I feel without a doubt Marvin’s PTSD and how he dealt with it is a major selling point. The time period it encompasses is also a popular aspect. I like to think of it as sort of The Hurt Locker meets “Mad Men.”
A good example of success in this area is FX Channel’s show about Bette Davis & Joan Crawford called “Feud” which was extremely popular and dealt with the same time period as the bulk of my Marvin bio. It too, was based on a popular book (by Shaun Considine that came out in 1989). I hope I won’t have to wait that long for an option but you get the point I’m making:
There is an audience for a great biopic just waiting to be seen and I own the copyright and the registration with the Writer’s Guild.
So, with that in mind, I unabashedly state that if anybody reading this has possible industry connections and likes the idea of a Lee Marvin biopic, do not hesitate to contact me here and we can definitely work out a deal. Seriously. Let me know and we can get the ball rolling. Until then, here’s hoping some clear thinking investor/producer/entrepreneur reads this and does indeed make contact. Fingers crossed.

Title page with logline, tagline, copyright & WGA registration for the film treatment FROM HELL TO HOLLYWOOD based on LEE MARVIN POINT BLANK.

-Dwayne Epstein

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