Write a book based on the life of the woman (Yasodhara) who was married to the man (Siddhartha) who became known as The Buddha. Rewrite and edit the book a zillion times.
Find a publisher who will publish book, now known as Buddha’s Wife.
Sign contract with Robert D. Reed Publishers for book to be published.
Obtain quotes and advance reviews for novel.
Book signings, promotions, connections and marketing for over two years (before and after novel is released).
Work with Navyo for a year trying to find a screenwriter to write screenplay on spec, since we have no funds for film. Several possible, but all fall through.
Decide to write screenplay ourselves and change historical setting into a contemporary story. One of my previous screenplays (Stellina Blue) was made into a film.
Work on screenplay for a year, with wonderful feedback and suggestions from a famous screenwriter/director.
Workable, moving and entertaining screenplay completed.
Write up logline, summary of film and treatment.
Start approaching well-known actresses, executive producers, directors and production companies.
Write and develop estimated budget.
Elapsed time, from book being published to presenting screenplay to others for film (so far) is four years.
Presently, five well-known actresses are reading the script, as are four production companies/executive producers and two directors.
The challenge is to get the film financed without a name actress yet attached and vice-a-versa, to get a well-known actress attached without first having the picture funded.
This is a scene that thousands of novelists, screenwriters and filmmakers find themselves in, so we are not babes in the woods, but it has been an interesting situation with infinite possibilities for Buddha’s Wife to come into being as a movie.
To those in the film industry, this story will be anti-climatic and familiar, but I hope for those just starting out or venturing to put your toe in the water, it provides a little preparation and insight into the amount of patience, persistence and ordered chaos that can await many on the journey to bring their story to screen.