Writing for film and stage
THE WIDOW OF RATTLESNAKE BITE
1862. The brutal Mayor of Rattlesnake Bite loses her vice-like grip on the town when two strangers arrive, by coincidence, on the same day. One, a leather-faced cowboy made of grit, the other a beautiful young woman.
OPTIONED BY PRINC FILMS USA. DIRECTOR ADRIAN TANNER ATTACHED, SLATED FOR SHOOTING IN 2020
A fallen Hollywood Action Hero has a final shot at reviving his career and re-uniting with his family - but he is forced to finally confront middle-age, curb the machismo and swap the guns and helicopters for lycra pants and red-hot salsa.
'A-LIST' STAR ATTACHED, AWAITING GREEN-LIGHT FOR PRODUCTION
MILLION DOLLAR SHARK
A top British Scientist must find her estranged father amid a terrifying backdrop of space exploration and subterfuge. Arthur C Clarke wrote: "Mankind will build a tower from the earth's surface into space about 50 years after everyone has stopped laughing about it."
ORIGINALLY OPTIONED IN 2014, NOW WITH U.S. PRODUCER
SCOTT STOLTZ, SLATED FOR SHOOTING 2021
A sleepy coastal town, a new Chief of Police, a corrupt force and a dangerous crime boss. Following a violent jewelry heist, who can prove themselves to be the biggest fish in this nasty pool?
OPTIONED BY US
PRODUCTION COMPANY, SLATED FOR
HIJACKED & HASHTAGGED
FULL LENGTH STAGEPLAYS
Viewed exclusively through CCTV, camera phones and found footage from the world's social media. The President's headstrong daughter flies to a meeting to confront her father's mistress, but the flight is terrifying and the results are completely unexpected.
PROJECT IN WRITER'S DEVELOPMENT, CONTACT SCRIPTSTUFF FOR FULL DETAILS
Three portraits of the Bard survive today, but why is their authenticity so shrouded in mystery? Written in rhyming couplets and starring William Shakespeare himself, this bittersweet and bawdy Elizabethan comedy is layered with historical facts both real and wildly inaccurate.
PUBLISHED IN PAPERBACK
2 Acts of 55 minutes each.
5M/2F + 2 or more minor ensemble.
DIRECTOR ATTACHED, SEEKING VENUE FOR UK PREMIERE
All performance-related enquiries must be directed to the Author by email, including performance license and fee enquiries. Amateur Socities, schools, colleges and non-professional organisations are invited to discuss discretionary fees and discounted rates.
Mike's UK writers' guide to the Cannes Film Festival is available for purchase from Amazon. Click on it for details.
15 minute short about a suicidal teenager who finds strength in a TV show that becomes her own living reality.
PREMIERED IN NOTTINGHAM IN 2001
7-minute account of one woman's journey of retribution against those who have wronged her. Contains just one word of dialogue.
SCRIPT AVAILABLE, IDEAL FOR MICRO-BUDGET PROJECT
who we are
A prolific writer since a very early age, Mike Took has spent decades honing his craft. With a Theatrical degree from the prestigious Rose Bruford College, so far his career has led him to some wonderful places with some wonderful people and he is now a multi-optioned screenplay writer. Having formed a formidable writing partnership with Geoff Webb many years ago, the two of them enjoyed early success
and enormous encouragement from many quarters, including the BBC Writers' Room, several Hollywood A-listers and Scriptapalooza. Networking each year at the Cannes Film Festival, writing movies, stageplays and in other media, and engaging in new collaborations in stage and performance, Mike continues to grow a full and varied body of professional work. He is a member of Equity and the Writers Guild of Great Britain.
Brimming with ideas, Geoff Webb has been writing screenplays with Mike Took for more years than Lonesome George can remember. Starting with sketches and a radio play finalist for the BBC, Geoff has more recently enjoyed working with directors and producers, including the editor of the last Mission Impossible movie.
Getting away from the keyboard and heading off to Cannes is always a highlight, whether it's making new contacts, meeting old friends, going to the amazing parties or maybe even brushing shoulders with Jackie Chan. Now a multi-optioned writer he is looking to work with more industry professionals on exciting projects.
News & Events
CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
After a fun, frantic but successful few days in Cannes, Geoff & Mike return home with a new screenplay commission, interest in another new screenplay option, and significant progress on the production development of their sci-fi LaunchPad.
USA-based Princ Films working with producers to create pre-production animation footage for Mike & Geoff's latest project to be filmed in eastern Europe.
LAUNCHPAD STEPS FORWARD
US Producer Scott Stoltz (SCS Studios) in talks with a US Distributor over securing significant funding for the multi-million dollar Launchpad project.
ANOTHER NEW OPTION
Mike & Geoff get a new commission from Princ Films USA to write the screenplay for a new feature, a crime drama shooting in Eastern Europe in 2019.
COMPOSER FOR LAUNCHPAD
Hollywood composer Mike Newport (Everest, Pirates of the Caribbean) is attached to Geoff & Mike's project "Launchpad" via reciprocal LOI with the film's Producer Scott Stoltz.
Mike gets confirmation of a venue and slot for his show "Overpriced Zeitgeist" at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer. More new projects to write and develop!
PAINTING SHAKESPEARE R&D
March sees the completion of a series of professional development workshops for Mike's stageplay, in association with professional actors and musicians at The Old Joint Stock Theatre in Birmingham.
PRODUCER FOR LAUNCHPAD
Prolific and exciting US movie producer Scott Stoltz (American Undercover, The Importance of Doubting Tom) is attached to sci-fi project "Launchpad".
SHOW FOR EDINBURGH 2018
Mike begins the creation of his performance poetry show "Nothing Rhymes with Roland Crick" to debut at Edinburgh in August 2018.
Princ Films secures UK-based multi-award-winning director Adrian Tanner to "The Widow" project, and he is straight into development with Geoff & Mike.
Geoff & Mike are thrilled to formalise a two year Option agreement with US-based Princ Films for the screenplay "The Widow of Rattlesnake Bite"
Mike is proud to be invited to join the Board of Directors at The Bear Pit Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Mike commences a three week stint as an invited panelist and judge at the 2017 Leicester Comedy Festival, reviewing over 50 shows.
Geoff & Mike head out to the Cannes Film Festival for the fifth consecutive year for an intense few days of appointments, seminars and parties.
With the treatment complete, work starts on the first draft of Geoff & Mike's new screenplay "Green Bananas"
The first draft of Mike's new stageplay gets a public Rehearsed Reading at The Bear Pit in Stratford-upon-Avon, with a mixed professional and amateur cast.
The 'Floor-It!' project with star attached gains production interest and the package starts to take shape with an experienced Producer now on board.
A week at the Fringe in Edinburgh, the world's biggest and best Arts Festival. Mike watches and reviews dozens of shows via TWITTER @rolandcrick
Mike & Geoff secure LOI from Hollywood A-List actor for their screenplay 'Floor-It!' following a fantastic round of meetings at Cannes. Now for a production-package frenzy!
Mike's Stage-play "Painting Shakespeare" is short-listed then approved for a rehearsed cast-reading at Stratford's BearPit theatre later this year.
US-based Production Company agree to option "The Widow of Rattlesnake Bite", having told Geoff at Cannes 2015 what he really wanted was a traditional cowboy movie with a modern twist.
Mike absorbs himself in the madness of the Edinburgh Fringe, averaging 9 shows a day taking in comedy, drama and music. And very late nights.
A Fun House Comedy Gong Show is the venue for Mike's debut into the world of stand-up comedy, shared the stage with Nathan Caton - the star turn amid a sea of newcomers.