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I'm making a movie!


Dear Reader, Since the beginning of the lockdown in the UK, I've had some big news that I wasn't able to share until now, but the paperwork has finally been signed so I can finally reveal to you all that I now have a movie in development with the BFI (British Film Institute)! They are the main public funding body in the UK for independent movies and it is incredibly competitive to get development funds from them, so, I am super, super excited! The movie will be a loose adaptation of a book by a critically acclaimed author and is very ambitious, particularly given that it will be a low budget movie (low budget compared to Hollywood levels). I'm attached as both screenwriter and director.

Those of you who have been on my list for a while, know about my health condition which I've been very honest about, so I have no idea how the directing thing will actually work, but the BFI are committed to helping make my dreams a reality, so, I am incredibly grateful to them for giving me hope that I can really pursue this. Other than this, the only other news I have is that unfortunately, due to my scripting duties - in addition to the movie, I have also recently created a new television series that is starting to gain early interest - the third book in the romance series will not be out at the end of the month as I had hoped.

I have completed a detailed 20 page sc x sc for the book but I haven't been able to work on the actual drafting of it yet. As I am now contracted to my film, I will have to write the book in-between my deadlines. I will try to do this as fast as I can but I've had to cancel the preorder as Amazon will not allow me to move the release date any more. Expect it sometime this year is all I can say at the moment. It has now been 15 years since I first created my television series, Spirit Warriors. I was only in my 20s then, on a mission to create not only an amazing show for the BBC but also to raise the profile of East Asian artists in the UK.

The show became the first UK drama series to feature a predominately East Asian cast, with me, being the first East Asian person - man or woman - to have created a UK drama series. To celebrate the show, here's some throwback images!

The show starred many of the UK's greatest EA talents: Jessica Henwick (The Matrix 4, Game of Thrones), Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange, Marco Polo), Tom Wu (Marco Polo, White Dragon), Burt Kwouk (The Pink Panther movies), David Yip (The Chinese Detective), Pik-Sen Lim (Mind Your Language), Crystal Yu (Casualty) and Daphne Cheung (Chimerica). Remember to sign up to my mailing list to be first to hear all my news: www.johoscribe.com!