I had a lot of fun writing the script “Assault on Hell”.
The concept was for a movie as well as a video-game, and both the projects were constructed in a way to be mutually compatible, mutually supportive.
Unfortunately, neither sold. While I waiting trying to move that project, I wrote another novel (July 57th). After its publication, I decided to stop trying to sell the film and make it a novel as well. You know, cut my losses and run.
Whereas the video-game was going to have elements not found in the film, the book was going to have to be a bit different that the film as well. The script only has 15,000 words and it would take more than a little “fluffing” to bring it up to novel length.
In the script, the positions of the characters on what they were doing had to be “telegraphed” in cinematic shorthand to imply what their feelings were.
But in the novel, I cannot rely on visual effects to do that. Plus I can be freer to delve into the thinking and background of the characters more, fill in the blanks, so to speak.
I am finding the novel is far easier to write than than the script. Sure the “outline” is already in place but there is more freedom to add in dialogue, movement and pages-long reminiscences that would not do much good in the film.
Trying to recall the first inspiration for the project is a little hard. I jot ideas down and occasionally one will remind me of another and I’ll pull open the notebook and look for the other. Linking ideas is how I come up with most of these projects and I cannot recall which ideas linked to birth this one.
Perhaps it was nothing more than a twist on the phrase “war is hell” and it became “war IN hell”. Either way, it brought to mind the apt description of the adventure (which is used in both the book and the film version): “It had wrong written all over it in seventeen different languages.”
Another thing the film version could barely touch on, given the parameters of the media, was the discourses between the characters about how this adventure affected their belief systems.
If Hell was an actual parallel dimension – rather than the mythological antithesis of Heaven – it changed the entire perspective on the battle of good versus evil, didn’t it?
Ah, or did it?
But that is something I can delve into in more depth in the book. [Which should be out early next year.]
The script has been released – I suppose primarily for those few interested in such things. It is not something that I plan to see a lot of sales from.
Let’s face it, scripts are boring to read!