Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Pitch

I've pitched LEGION to a lot of folks, and I've noticed that the bare bones of the story does not always enchant people who don't have a particular interest in Roman history.

We knew this going into the project, since the scant information we have on the incident--essentially a massacre--doesn't necessarily scream "Great Story!"

But that's where the writers come in. A tale about people trapped in a wooden fort while the world outside is turned upside down isn't guaranteed to be good. But it's the surprises: the lowly character's unexpected rise to heroism, the lofty character whose rotten soul is exposed, the various relationships that change and are bound by courage and sacrifice, that sneak up on you and make you care by the end of the story.

Those were the marching orders that Frank and I gave ourselves when we started: if we couldn't make what happened between our characters during the last three days of their lives compelling, then we would abandon the project.

Intrigued? Good.

And for those of you who DO love Roman military history, did I mention the stone ballista operator who can shoot the head off a German savage at 100 yards?

1 comment:

Kristin said...

I prefer Roman holidays to actual Roman history. I'm kind of a skank that way.