Wednesday, August 05, 2009


This article hit the blogosphere yesterday. Exclusive: RAIN to Awaken The Dragon? Currently, I am no longer attached to Awaken the Dragon. I think I blogged about this awhile back. The project fell victim to the Writer's Strike and my accelerated SOA schedule. I pitched the project about year before the strike to the now defunct Warner Independent and John Wells Productions. They dug the pitch, liked my directorial bent, and I was attached to write and direct. But as it goes sometimes in features, it took a very long time to make the deal. There were a lot of factors that slowed it down, some of my own doing. It finally came together, papers were signed and I began towrite. Five pages in -- the WGA strike happened. I stopped writing. When the strike settled, Sons of Anarchy had been picked up and we were thrown into an accelerated production schedule. We were to premier with The Shield, not after it as I had anticipated. WI and JWP were very understanding and allowed me to push Dragon to the hiatus. However during the course of the SOA season, Warner Independent folded and by the time my hiatus hit, the fate of Awaken the Dragon was up in the air. Then big Warners picked up the option and JWP had it back on track. I pitched the project again to Warner Bros. They dug it and after a new deal was made, it was time to write. Unfortunately it was also time to begin season two of Sons. I loved Dragon. Loved the story, the noir component, the opportunity to direct, it was a great fucking gig. But I'm a control freak and running my show is three full time jobs, I knew if I took on Dragon, both projects would suffer. So I stepped away. The folks at John Wells Productions are really savvy and with big Warners behind them I'm sure they already have found someone more talented than me to write and direct. I look forward to seeing it come together. Maybe even with RAIN.

Saturday, August 01, 2009


Coming into the home stretch. Writing 211, prepping 210, filming 209, editing 207, mixing 206. This is that time of year where the story road gets very narrow. All the narratives start to intertwine and come to a head. It's been a tough season for all our characters -- emotionally and physically. I think it will be very satisfying for the loyal fans and hopefully intriguing enough to attract new viewers. The finale (which might be 90 minutes) will be pure BLOODY fun. The premier episode, Albification, went out to critics. I'm already hearing buzz about the "horrifying event" that happens to one of the crew. Jennifer Godwin, over at E-online wondered if it would turn away fans. I'd say it'll rock folks a bit, in a good way, but if they stick around, they'll see that it wasn't gratuitous and that it indeed fuels the emotional engine of the season. FX has their TCA panel this week -- Television Critics Association. Charlie, Ron, Katey, Maggie, Henry Rollins, Adam Arkin and myself will do a Q & A for critics about the upcoming season. Then critics will get the next four episodes to review. I have to say, getting reviewed is such a mind-fuck. I try to stay detached -- not take the bad ones personal, not be over-satisfied with the good ones -- but man, it's difficult. Not sure how others handle it, but I hate the fact that I'm deeply impacted by the opinions of others. Some of it is human nature, some of it is my emotional immaturity. The truth is there are so many variables that dictate the tone of a review, that only an idiot would take them to heart. So here I sit, the idiot. Let the mind-fucking begin. More to come...