“The Handels” A Saga


Again this week I’m doing a bit of creative writing with the help of Viewfromtheside’s writing prompt blog. This week’s prompt was “Handles.” I took it in a kind of odd direction. I hope you lie it…

Portrait of Georg Friedrich Händel Deutsch: Ge...

Portrait of Georg Friedrich Händel Deutsch: Georg Friedrich Händel (1733) Español: Georg Friedrich Händel en 1733 Français : Georg Friedrich Haendel en 1733 Nederlands: Georg Friedrich Händel Polski: G. F. Händel w 1733 roku Русский: Георг Фридрих Гендель (1733) Svenska: Georg Friedrich Händel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

[Communiqué #2)

25 April, 2012

Dear Sirs,

I thank you for your very kind inquiry and your interest in my family. It is certainly gratifying to know that after so many years the Handel name has not been lost to the dusty pages of history.

I find your proposal intriguing to say the least. A major motion picture biography on my esteemed uncle would certainly prove both educational and entertaining for your audience. And, as you say, it would have a top rate sound track “built in”.

Indeed my uncle had a long and interesting life, and although he was notoriously private in nature he had many friends. His travels though out the continent and his intimate connections with nobility will no doubt titillate your viewing audience.

Yes, I am sure we can come to a most beneficial agreement as to your researching our family archives and as my uncle’s executress I can guarantee your access to many of his personal effects.

I am most anxious for this project to proceed to the next level, but for the integrity of the Handel name I must insist on having some over sight on the script and production. I have no doubt that you will want this film to be as biographically accurate as possible, and, as this is my most sincere wish, I’m sure we will have a most fruitful enterprise.

Yours most sincerely,

Johanna Fridericia Floerken

Westminister, London

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[Communiqué #3)

Date: 5.14.12

To: Johanna Fridericia Floerken
Westminster, London, England

From: Laurie Donlevi-Jones
Project Manager
“The Handels”
Hollywood, California, USA

CC: Lester Jones, Amazing Productings, LLC.

Johanna,

So glad to have you on board with our little project. I’ll have our legal department write-up a contract and if all goes well we’ll get some researchers over to your side of the pond next month.

Yours,

Laurie

PS This is going to be a great movie!

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[Communiqué #53)

Date: 8.6.12

To: Johanna Fridericia Floerken
Westminster, London, England

From: Laurie Donlevi-Jones
Project Manager
“The Handels”
Hollywood, California, USA

CC: Lester Jones, Amazing Productings, LLC.

Johanna,

Some really exciting news on the project…

We’ve got our first star lined up. Are you sitting down? Daniel Craig has agreed to play George Frideric Handel! And Anthony Hopkins has agreed to play the King.

The latest draft is attached.

What’s your availability next week? I need to set up some time to scout for locations.

Yours,

Laurie

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[Communiqué #78)

Date: 10.24.12

To: Johanna Fridericia Floerken
Westminster, London, England

From: Laurie Donlevi-Jones
Project Manager
“The Handels”
Hollywood, California, USA

CC: Lester Jones, Amazing Productings, LLC.

Johanna,

I think you are really going to love this… We’ve reworked the concept to be cable network friendly. We’re in negotiations with Showtime and HBO right now and are feeling really good about it. This way we can expand the script to a multi episode format. We are thinking 6 or 8 part miniseries. That’s wonderful, isn’t it?

Yours,

Laurie

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[Communiqué #103)

Date: 11.30.12

To: Johanna Fridericia Floerken
Westminster, London, England

From: Laurie Donlevi-Jones
Project Manager
“The Handels”
Hollywood, California, USA

CC: Lester Jones, Amazing Productings, LLC.

Johanna,

And we have a network! Hello HALLMARK!

I think you’ll find that Hallmark does a wonderful job bringing a really human side out of every story. We didn’t want all the sex and violence that the HBO and Showtime folks were demanding anyway.  This is going to be great.

Yours,

Laurie

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[Communiqué #158)

Date: 1.15.13

To: Johanna Fridericia Floerken
Westminster, London, England

From: Laurie Donlevi-Jones
Project Manager
“The Handels”
Hollywood, California, USA

CC: Lester Jones, Amazing Productings, LLC.

Johanna,

Well, every production has its ups and downs, and I’m afraid the change from major release to miniseries has meant a change in schedule that didn’t work for our line up of stars. Mr. Craig and Mr. Hopkins have had to step away from the project. But I am 100% positive we’ll find some one just as dynamic.

— Laurie

PS You can stop looking for possible locations too. We’ll be filming at the studio here in Hollywood. It’s a cost thing.

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[Communiqué #78)

Date: 4.13.13

To: Johanna Fridericia Floerken
Westminster, London, England

From: Laurie Donlevi-Jones
Project Manager
“The Handels”
Hollywood, California, USA

Johanna,

Well we found our Young Handel… None other than Mr. Justin Bieber. The Biebs is looking to expand his acting cred and “The Handels” is just the right project for him. He’s all about the music.

Things are really looking up.

–Laurie

PS Lester is no longer Exec Producer on the project. (Not like he was doing any of the work, right?)

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[Communiqué #109)

Date: 4.22.13

To: Johanna Fridericia Floerken
Westminster, London, England

From: Laurie Donlevi-Jones
Project Manager
“The Handels”
Hollywood, California, USA

Johanna,

I’m really excited about our the new stars we’ve lines up for the roles of adult Handel and the King… Eddy Murphy and Dick Van Dyke. I know the casting is a little edgy, but I think you’ll agree it is just perfect.

— Laurie

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[Communiqué #126)

Date: 5.23.13

To: Johanna Fridericia Floerken
Westminster, London, England

From: The Law Office of Ward, Huggins and Huggins

RE: “The Handels”

CC: Lester Jones, Amazing Productings, LLC.; Laurie Donlevi-Jones, Amazing Productings, LLC.

Dear Mrs. Fridericia Floerken,

Please be advised that the project known as “The Handels” as been put on hiatus for an undetermined amount of time…

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Freelance writer, graphic designer, musician, foodie and Jane Austen enthusiast in Northern Baltimore County, Maryland. As a writer I enjoy both fiction and non fiction (food, travel and local interest stories.) As an advocate for the ARTS, one of my biggest passions is helping young people find a voice in all the performing arts. To that end it has been my honor to give one-on-one lessons to elementary, middle and high school students in graphic design and music. And as JANE-O I currently serve as the regional coordinator for JASNA Maryland and am working on a Regency/Federal cooking project. View all posts by ritalovestowrite

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