The second sentence out of Pam's mouth was that the girl had written a screenplay and wondered if I'd read it for her. If the sentences had been reveresed I would have said "No, thank you." But how could I refuse to at least flip through the first few pages of the screenplay a teen had written after reading my book? It seemed "sacriledge" to say no.
I had to meet her. To make a long story short, I volunteered my time to work with Niki at their kitchen table with her dad helping us with Internet research about Germany during WWII. We worked off and on for six months, and then I bought an option on the project to develop it further.
Here's the log line for the war-time action story: A rebellious 14-year old German girl battles the Nazis to free her Jewish friends from the Ghetto before it's liquidated. (The story is loosely based on a compaction of the teenage resistance groups active in Berlin during the war, which required considerable research on Nikia's part.)
|Sanjeev (dad) and Nikita Mungarwadi, Stan Williams, Alex Krüger, Pam Williams.|
|Niki and Alex. Alex returns to Berlin this week.|
Alex had a lot of great ideas for the character names to make them more traditional and German. With Nikita and Alex we refined a few scenes that they thought needed more danger and excitement. It's been fun working on a script written by a teenage an American-Indian girl, with a teenage young man from German (who's nearly forgotten how to speak in German after being the U.S. for a year), while sitting in an Indian restaurant in Michigan. Great Feedback. Now it's on to the next draft.