Much wants more and loses all.

I’ve been contemplating lately what happens *if* there is an opportunity to sell The Sleeping Deep screenplay outright to a company, producer or such. It’s mostly a pipe dream, of course, but it’s fun to imagine the scenario where numerous Hollywood offers are on the table. What would be the best scenario for handing over the farm? Would any price be a good price? And what is this creative property (the script) actually worth anyhow? Good questions. Any answers? None yet.

That said, the Aesop’s Fable below illustrates a bit of my thinking and feelings toward TSD and all that it may or may not encompass.

THE GOOSE THAT LAID THE GOLDEN EGGS

A Man and his Wife had the good fortune to possess a Goose which laid a Golden Egg every day. Lucky though they were, they soon began to think they were not getting rich fast enough, and, imagining the bird must be made of gold inside, they decided to kill it in order to secure the whole store of precious metal at once. But when they cut it open they found it was just like any other goose. Thus, they neither got rich all at once, as they had hoped, nor enjoyed any longer the daily addition to their wealth.

Much wants more and loses all.

Thus, killing the golden goose has become a metaphor for any short-sighted action that may bring an immediate reward, but will ultimately prove disastrous. This is why good things come to those who wait and in the end it’s patience that pays. So, I’m reminded of what my buddy Sean told me years ago when making my first independent film: be the turtle.

Food for thought. Grist for the mill. Eggs for the pan.

Enjoy the weekend!

~ Jeff

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2 Responses to “Much wants more and loses all.”

  1. crankydog Says:

    I’ve been similarly conflicted. At this point I’m more focused on getting something sold (for a reasonable price of course) rather than producing… certainly anything as challenging as TSD. You’ve got more experience than I with producing I think, and the resources to bring to bear.

    I did just hear this quote yesterday. Offers a different spin.

    “Things may come to those who wait…but only the things left by those who hustle.” — Abraham Lincoln

    I think what you’re doing so far with TSD is perfect. You’ll have a much greater chance of having to settle said conundrum precisely because you’re hustling — getting it out there, raising its profile, adding to its value with the wins.

  2. runningfornow Says:

    I like that quote. Abe was honest and, among other things, on the money. You gotta grab so you can get. ;)

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