Today’s new release is a tad different from my others. It’s a screenplay called A Good Man by Vanessa Morgan and is currently in pre-production with Radowski Films.
Loved Dexter and American Psycho? Then you’ll love A Good Man. Louis Caron is a good man – vegetarian, he feeds the homeless, takes care of animals and is concerned with the ecological future of the planet. But his altruism has a sinister edge – he’s a vampire – and local detective Taglioni is becoming increasingly suspicious. Louis’ attempt to escape the police will take him on a journey into his own private hell where he is not only forced to confront his worst fears, but also to destroy the lives of those he cares about.
Vanessa was kind enough to let me post an excerpt for your reading pleasure. What follows is the beginning of the story, a vampire therapy session. I must say, this does look quite interesting! Who know vampires need therapy too!
EXT – STREET – DAY
Snow-covered streets seen through a floor-to-ceiling window.
Would you like to begin, Eric? Your case is rather peculiar.
My name is Eric. I’ve been a vampire since 1973 and I have constant headaches because of a brain tumor. An eternal headache, if you get what I mean. I’m also suffering from depression, but that’s curable, they say – even for a vampire.
INT. PSYCHOLOGIST’S OFFICE – DAY
LOUIS CARON (55 years old) stares out the window, lost in thought. Behind him, four people participate in their weekly group therapy session. Amongst them: a French lady with crutches (MADAME RENAUD, 50’s), a depressive cancer patient (ERIC, 40’s) and a black
obese woman with an exuberant personality (LÉOPOLDINE, 40’s). The moderator, FRED (35), has a gentle voice. Your typical spiritual guru.
(with a French accent) That’s nothing compared to me. I have a broken hip, too much cholesterol, chronic sinusitus —
I was wondering, Madame Renaud… Were you already a hypochondriac when you were transformed or did that come later?
(too busy with herself to hear the remark) … Lupus, malaria, lack of vitamine C, Addison’s disease, …
What’s bizarre is that every time she comes here, the list gets longer.
Let’s listen to what Louis has to say. (to Louis) Do you want to come and join us, Louis?
(Louis turns. He was obviously not following the conversation.)
Uhm? What? (notices that the session has begun) Oh, hi Fred. I didn’t hear you come in.
(Louis sits down.)
Go ahead. Madame Renaud is still enumerating her ailments.
Miss Renaud! She stops speaking. Fred gestures that it is Louis’ turn.
My name is Louis. Louis Caron. I’ve been a vampire since 1750 and as you can see, I’m old and ugly. For me, that’s the problem about being a vampire. I was 55 when I was transformed and I will stay 55 forever. I will have wrinkles forever. I will have arthritis forever. Fucking annoying.
That’s your karma taking revenge on your body. The more good you do around you, the more you will be able to lead a happy, healthy life. But because you are all vampires, your karma is punishing you. It’s as simple as that. Now, what I’d like to hear from you is what you all do to improve your karma. What do you do to be a good person, despite your vampire nature?
To find out more, or see updates on the movie adaptation and pictures of the shoot, check out Vanessa’s personal blog: