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Feature-length Screenplays

THE WIDOW OF RATTLESNAKE BITE
FLOOR-IT!
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

 

LAUNCHPAD
Foor-It!

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
Launchpad

LAUNCHPAD

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

   SHOOTING SUMMER

                   2019

 

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

 

Painting Shakespeare

 

Painting Shakespeare

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

 

 

 

 

PAINTING SHAKESPEARE
OR

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. 

Into the Palais

Mike's UK writers' guide to the Cannes Film Festival is available for purchase from Amazon.  Click on it for details.

Short Film

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  

CULL-DE-SAC

   Cull-

de-Sac

BANG
BANG

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

Mike Took

Mike Took

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.

Geoff Webb

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

17-21

May

2019

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.

12

March

2019

DEVELOPMENT FOOTAGE

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.

10

January

2019

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.

01

August

2018

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

11

April

2018

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.

EDFRINGE GO-AHEAD

10

April

2018

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

26

March

2018

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.

05

Jan

2018

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

22

Dec

2017

Mike begins the creation of his performance poetry show "Nothing Rhymes with Roland Crick" to debut at Edinburgh in August 2018.

DIRECTOR ATTACHED

17

Dec

2017

Princ Films secures UK-based multi-award-winning director Adrian Tanner to "The Widow" project, and he is straight into development with Geoff & Mike.

SCREENPLAY OPTIONED

24

July

2017

Geoff & Mike are thrilled to formalise a two year Option agreement with US-based Princ Films for the screenplay "The Widow of Rattlesnake Bite"

STRATFORD THEATRE

08

March

2017

Mike is proud to be invited to join the Board of Directors at The Bear Pit Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

COMEDY FESTIVAL 

08

Feb

2017

Mike commences a three week stint as an invited panelist and judge at the 2017 Leicester Comedy Festival, reviewing over 50 shows.

CANNES 2017

21

May

2017

Geoff & Mike head out to the Cannes Film Festival for the fifth consecutive year for an intense few days of appointments, seminars and parties.

GREEN BANANAS

18

Jan

2017

With the treatment complete, work starts on the first draft of Geoff & Mike's new screenplay "Green Bananas"

9

Oct

2016

PAINTING SHAKESPEARE
PAINTING SHAKESPEARE

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.

FLOOR-IT!

18

Aug

2016

The 'Floor-It!' project with star attached gains production interest and the package starts to take shape with an experienced Producer now on board.

EDFRINGE 2016

7-13

Aug

2016

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

CANNES

16/17

May

2016

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!

21

April 2016

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON

Mike's Stage-play "Painting Shakespeare" is short-listed then approved for a rehearsed cast-reading at Stratford's BearPit theatre later this year.

18

Dec

2015

SCREENPLAY OPTION

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.

9-15

Aug

2015

EDFRINGE

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.

9

May

2015

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.

STAND-UP DEBUT

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