An Unfinished Life



An Unfinished Life
A novel by Mark Spragg
A non-review by J. Stefan-Cole

The question that bugged me as I read Mark Spragg’s novel, AN UNFINISHED LIFE; Alfred A. Knopf, 2004, was which came first, the screenplay or the novel? The novel’s publish date was September 5th, the film version of the story, as written on the back of my reviewer’s copy is billed as, “Soon to be a major motion picture (Miramax, December, 2004)”. For a movie to be released in December it would have to be in the can by June, and quickly in the editing room for the weeks or months post-production takes. But before production there would have to have been pre-production; location scouts, costume people put in place, a director of cinematography and so on, and before that a director and talent had to be brought on board, and, with some back and forth, producers to produce the money. But way back even before any of that there had to be a screenplay. Okay, maybe someone got their hands on the manuscript and ran with the idea of pushing a film project before a screenplay was written, but you see where I am going.

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