The Development Process

January 22, 2018

Over the last three months, screenwriter Steven Martini and I have been in the development process for the JOHN MACK screenplay. As Steve has been diligently tackling the first draft, we have simultaneously had conference calls/meetings with many of John Mack's former colleagues and friends who have afforded us a very personal and upclose account of events.

It has been a fascinating and incredibly special experience to speak with people such as Harvard psychiatrist and author, Dr. George Vaillant; MIT atomic physicist Dr. David Pritchard and his shaman wife, Andrea Pritchard; Harvard astrophysicist Dr. Rudy Schild; psychiatrist and co-founder of the transpersonal psychology movement Dr. Stanislav Grof; federal civil rights attorney, Daniel Sheehan and his activist wife, Sara Nelson; and the head of McClean Mental Hospital in Boston, Dr. Jeffrey Rediger.  What a privilege it is to have these and so many others - including members of the Mack family - supporting and contributing to the film at this stage.

The first draft of the screenplay is almost done weighing in at a very hefty 216 pages.  But a story as big as this one, merits a big first draft. The next step in the process will be determined by how Steve's first draft reads.

We are very excited to be in this process; we're learning a lot and having lots of fun!

I'll leave you with this quote from Dr. Stan Grof:

"Western Science is approaching a paradigm shift of unprecedented proportions, one that will change our concepts of reality and of human nature, bridge the gap between ancient wisdom and modern science, and reconcile the differences between Eastern spirituality and Western pragmatism."

Denise David Williams

We Have Our Writer!

October 27, 2017

I am beyond thrilled to officially announce that at long last, after what seemed like an eternity, we have found and hired the writer to write the screenplay for the film. 
I chose him  - Steven Martini - based not only on his writing sample about the Wright Brothers that had brilliant dialogue and vivid and memorable characters, but also because he has had a passion and knowledge of John Mack and the subject of the alien phenomenon for over 20 years. He brings humility, an inquisitive mind  and a real sense of mission to the table. Working with Steve is truly a divine appointment!

Looking back, every seeming dead-end or disappointment was purposeful and led us to this perfect time and place. But none of it would be possible without the unwavering support and genius of my attorney, Jay S. Kenoff, who has been a guiding light from day one. I could not be more grateful to him.

Steve will begin writing the screenplay from an intensively researched 20-page story outline written by me with the invaluable input of Mack archivist Will Bueche - liaison between MakeMagic and the Mack estate and an Associate Producer on the film. 

In a few short months, we will have a screenplay and will be able to take the next big leap toward bringing John Mack's story to the world. 

Stay tuned...!
Denise David Williams

Keep the Faith! It's Divine Timing!

June 21, 2017

I frequently get emails inquiring about the status of the movie. As challenging as it is on the inside of this process, I can imagine how hard it is waiting and wondering what is going on for those on the outside of it for whom this story holds great importance.
As the facilitator and protector of the John Mack movie, my job, among other things, is to ensure that it does not become another "scary alien movie" or the opportunity will have been lost. Our ultimate partners are very important. 
We are not just sitting on our hands waiting. On the contrary.
We have been speaking and meeting with many directors, writers and companies - i.e., we have been in contact with Amblin several times and Bad Robot - they are aware of the material, but the timing has not been right for them so far. 

Here's what I know for sure - there is a divine timing and a divine orchestration to a story/movie this big and I cannot push against it. It doesn’t work. 

I compare this process to the process of finding a soul mate or marriage partner. You date some nice people, you date some not so nice people. It can get pretty downright frustrating and puzzling - but either way, you can’t force it - until it’s right, it’s just not right. I also know that when it is right, and because it is divinely inspired, the result is glorious.If you're reading this post, than I believe you understand these principles. I surely believe that Dr. Mack would.

Denise David Williams