Written by Margarita Morgan
July 13, 2014
Having dinner with 4-8 people of my choice would not necessarily invoke in me a desire to learn from them, but rather the need they have to hear me out. Mostly, since this scenario is up to my own choices, I would have four prominent entertainment moguls along with four talented writers to discuss and make necessary arrangements to develop my dream movie project. Fun conversations and an enjoyable gathering would not be on the menu. The highlight of the evening would be the successful completion of screen plays to be developed dutifully into a smashing summer hit at the box office by my new friends.
The screenplay to be developed would be the one and only, my one true love, La Femme Nikita (TV series 1997). For this project I would pair its creator Joel Surnow, also creator of 24, with Stephen Thompson who writes for BBC’s Sherlock. I would like to see an easy transition from the Sections One days to a new story where both, LFN and 24 mash up to deliver the best antiterrorist team the world has ever seen.
Mr. Stephen Thomson has a unique writing style that would nicely complement the twists and turns Surnow’s stories tend to make. LFN’s motto, “Their ends are just, but their means are ruthless” suggest that Jack Bauer would feel perfectly at home with the original characters and why not, his unconventional ways of resolving issues qualify him readily to take over Section One as the new Operations.
Nikita and Michael would go back to the field training new recruits with the song Attitude from Hardnock playing in the background. Ah, don’t ask about that last comment, unless you saw the show, you wouldn’t understand, but let me tell you that investing your time in this show would compensate your efforts with scores of darkness, paranoia, forbidden love affairs and of course anti terrorist action. To quote Geek Speak Magazine: “Sexy spy shenanigans by turns utterly compelling, exultantly passionate and fatally, desperately heartbreaking.” Yes, the constant heartbreaking will captivate your own heart and you’ll be in great company with the many loyal fans who, to this day, remain a closed knit group still in touch and still plotting to bring back the show.
As you can see, the mention of this show has taken over my story and all the better, though because my dinner will feature other writers, producers and consultants that would be sympathetic to the fans of La Femme Nikita and would do, not what they can, since more often that not what they can is not enough, but rather, they would do what it takes to bring this project to the big screen. As LFN fans plan for another convention in Toronto by 2017, it would be a great surprise to screen this movie for them before it is released to the general public.
You get to plan a dinner party for 4-8 of your favorite writers/artists/musicians/other notable figures, whether dead or alive. Who do you seat next to whom in order to inspire the most fun evening?