Cinco and Ken's Way to Put Off Actually Writing

Friday, March 24, 2006


Cinco here. The first script Ken and I wrote together was called SPECIAL, a comedy about a guy who pretends to be disabled in order to get an autographed football for his fiancee's son. The script was optioned by MGM in February 1999. Commercial director Steve Chase was attached to direct, and Luke Wilson was attached to star. But when Steve met Luke things went awry--Steve wanted to push the envelope too much for Luke's taste. Steve wouldn't compromise, so the studio let him go. Unfortunately, the damage had been done, and Luke was out as well. It languished at MGM (although they renewed the option once) and now we've got it back. We filmed a short starring Michael Rosenbaum of Smallville (here's the imdb link which played at festivals. The script was named one of the Ten Best Unproduced Comedies by the WGA (read the script at And most recently a Germany company bought the rights to our script and made it. It's still called SPECIAL and is due to be released in Germany this fall ( So by the end of the year we will be huge in Germany. That's me pushing Ken around in the picture. He's not pretending to be mentally handicapped--that's just the way he looks.


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