I deliberated not posting this, but I feel like Rhyn and Katie belong as much to you all as they do to me! I’m posting a link to the rough draft screen treatment for “Katie’s Hellion” (Book I, Rhyn Trilogy) for you all to read. There are some awesome twists and turns added in! For my regular readers, you’ll remember that I recently announced that I’d begun working with veteran screenwriter Rick Natkin to adapt one of my books into a screenplay. For new readers, click here to read that post.
The book we chose: Katie’s Hellion. The primary reason: the characters are more layered and the story more intriguing.
Rick’s been working tirelessly on this and recently sent me the first draft of the screenplay treatment. I’m learning the lingo as I go, but basically, a treatment is a scene-by-scene breakdown of what the screenplay will look like. In order to fit into the traditional three-act movie format, Rick’s adjusting the storyline, to include, pulling in details from “Katie’s Hope” (Book II, Rhyn Trilogy) and adding depth to Katie and Rhyn’s relationship so that their story will convey better to the big screen, where people can’t really read background or prose on what people are thinking!
In short, I LOVE what he’s done. He’s managed to keep the original feel of the story intact while altering it where needed to fit a cinematic format. And he’s doing it while maintaining the characters and without turning this into a Twilight 2.0 series. Rick is doing an incredible job!
For anyone interested in seeing the treatment, click here. Keep in mind it’s a gritty first draft (with typos and ponderings included!), and chances are, some of it will change when Rick writes the screenplay.