By our guest blogger, Joe Oliveto
David Seidler, fresh off his Best Original Screenplay Oscar win for “The King’s Speech,” has set his sights on another historical subject for his next project. According to Deadline, the screenwriter will collaborate with fellow writer Luca Manzi on a project dramatizing the true-life tale of a group of POWs in a Nazi prison camp who secretly staged their own version of the Olympic games inside the camp due to the cancellation of the event in 1940.
“The Great Escape” meets the sports genre? Yeah, we’ll take it. With Seidler writing this, odds are the story will be paced skillfully (if somewhat formulaically) and the dialogue will be sharp enough to remain slightly memorable. Time will tell if “The King’s Speech” earned all of the honors it received, but it’s tough to complain about Seidler’s skills as a writer, and we’re happy that age isn’t keeping him from the job he’s so good at.
This story sounds like another feel-good movie crossed with Oscar bait, but if that is what this particular writer is good at, more power to him. Most of us who went to see “The King’s Speech” came out of the theater with a smile on our face, and we expect that the same thing will happen when we see this film.