Thursday, March 24, 2016

Let It Snow: 3 Stories from Maureen Johnson, John Green and Lauren Myracle Coming to the Screen


This sounds cool. Let It Snow, a collection of three interconnected love stories from John Green (A Cheertastic Christmas) Maureen Johnson (The Jubilee Express) and Lauren Myracle (The Patron Saint of Pigs) are finding their way to the screen. I think it’s safe to say they should be at the multiplex by Christmas Holiday 2017 although the script has already been written so if they hustle up to Buffalo, I suppose it’s possible the movie could come out this year. 

The genius writing duo of Scott Neustadter and Michael M. Weber— 500 Days of Summer, The Spectacular Now, The Fault in Our Stars and the upcoming Where’d You Go, Bernadette—revised the original script by Kay Cannon (Pitch Perfect, 30 Rock, New Girl).

What’s most interesting to me is the idea of three separate stories intersecting, written by three different writers, all with humorous but distinct voices. At 360 plus pages, the stories are novellas, really, not short stories.

Maureen Johnson’s entry, The Jubilee Express starts the collection off, with Jubilee starting her story off by explaining that, despite having the name Jubilee Dougal, she is not a stripper. She's a sixteen year old girl who sings in choir, attends mathlete events and plays field hockey—“which lacks the undulating, baby-oiled grace that is the strippers stock and trade.” Not that she has anything against strippers, her “major concern, stripage-wise, is the latex.” She thinks it’s probably bad for your skin because it doesn’t allow it to breathe. She’s probably right. 

So that’s a fresh, funny start, erasing any misconceptions you have about the sappiness of a holiday romance, right? 

Have you read the stories in Let it Snow? Talk to me about casting.

Luke Snellin, a director of Brit TV comedies—Fried, Mad Fat Diary, The Job Lot and Banana as well as a BAFTA nominated short, Mixtape will make his feature film debut with this one.

Let’s have a look-see at the director’s BAFTA winning short.  


Comments? Because I think it’s lovely, sweet but not saccharine.





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