Close Proximity: On that fateful April night in 1912, a merchant ship's crew watches Titanic sink on their horizon but never comes to the rescue. Guilt, shame, and scorn spiral their lives through hell as each man endures the consequences and searches for redemption... Talent agency William Morris Endeavor (WME) has agreed to represent Jack Comeau's CLOSE PROXIMITY script, which was recently optioned by Talentville.com. It looks like WME will be promoting the project as a cable movie/mini-series so Jack has been focusing his time on expanding his original full-length movie script to suit the new format. There has already been quite a bit of interest from some major sources, which is such great news. (Many thanks to Literary Manager Doug Draizin from Ensemble Entertainment for getting the script in front of the people at WME. Your help in getting this project out and about is truly appreciated.)
Here's a recent press release re: one of Jack's screenplays:
Talentville Options Millennium Dawn by Douglas Snook & Close Proximity by Jack Comeau
Talentville is proud to announce that we have optioned two more projects. They are on opposite sides of the spectrum, the first being a spaceship-based kids half-hour TV pilot and the other a feature drama about the aftermath of the Titanic sinking and the role played by the ship that did not come to her aid that fateful night, the Californian.
Millennium Dawn by Doug Snook
Series Description: A young girl awakens on a massive spaceship, transporting hibernating colonists to a new world. She quickly discovers that the ship's computer has gone insane, and is only awakening children. She and the other kids must survive mutant creatures, rogue robots and each other in order to save the ship and humanity's future.
From a concept point of view we love this idea, a teen social drama on a crippled ship. They have to form their own society, do their best to survive the many dangers that lurk around every corner, and hopefully find a way to fix what is wrong and help get the ship back on course to their new world.
We are currently working with Doug to make the pilot as compelling as it can be, an effort that is just about completed. When we feel it is ready (any day now), we hope to get it to a number of our connections who are actively producing kids shows, from the folks at Amazon and Netflix to executives at Disney, ABC Family and others.
Close Proximity by Jack Comeau
Logline: A merchant ship's crew watches Titanic sink on their horizon but never comes to the rescue. Guilt, shame and scorn spiral their lives through hell as each man endures the consequences and searches for redemption.
This superb feature screenplay shows a side of the Titanic disaster that has been told in depth only once in film (A Night to Remember, 1958), and that was over 50 years ago. As dramatic as the sinking was itself, the question has always lingered as to how many more could have been saved if another nearby ship, the Californian, had clearly understood the distress calls and raced to her aid.
In the days and months following the sinking, both the US and Britain held extensive hearings into the Californian's inaction that night, hearings that took a heavy emotional toll on the ship's captain and crew as they struggled with both guilt and denial. The script tells their story.
My interest in this script, as it turns out, was not tied to reviews at the site as it was only recently uploaded. I came across it randomly, scanning loglines at the Library, and figured I would read a few pages simply out of curiosity. Needless to say I didn't stop at 10 pages but instead read it cover to cover, subsequently scouring the internet to do my own research into the facts of the case.
Ben Cahan CEO, Talentville.com Creator/Co-founder, Final Draft