Larry Wilson, best known for his work co-writing and co-producing Beetlejuice and The Addams Family, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a fabulous new web series that's near and dear to my heart. Why? Because it's fairytales, but with a twist. Just like I like them. In this new rendition of Cinderella set in contemporary times, you've got a mix of reality TV, a fairy godmother with a penchant for "the dust" and a handsome prince that's a bit past his ball-dancing prime. Check out this Q&A with Wilson to learn more about CINDY and the campaign, which has only eight days left. Scroll to the bottom for a sneak peek of CINDY. Or else check out the series' YouTube channel here.
Q: How did you get the idea to do a fairytale retelling in such a way? Why Cinderella, specifically?
LW: The idea came to me in one of those flash creative epiphanies; as simple as "Cinderella would make a good reality show." As CINDY developed it actually became about "What would happen if Cinderella was asked to do a reality show?" But the original idea was just all of a sudden there. It happens doesn't it? The idea for Beetlejuice came to myself and my writing partner, Michael McDowell, in three short phone calls over three days.
Q: Is this your favorite fairytale? Why or why not?
LW: Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty are my favorites and I've now written scripts (both dark comedies) based on both of them. I have two daughters (Autry, of course, is the star of CINDY). I saw that both Cinderella and Snow White could be about girls getting empowered, rather than girls getting rescued.
Q: How long have you been working on filming? How many episodes are ready for broadcast?
LW: We shot 10 episodes of CINDY over 6 days. They run from about 5 to 10 minutes -- so we basically shot a feature length film! Six episodes are edited, all need music and post production -- hence the Kickstarter campaign. But I can say honestly, I think we've got something really good. We want to be broadcasting in time for Christmas!
Q: How has your experience as a producer with Beetlejuice, Adams Family, etc., colored subsequent work, including this one?
LW: I've always worked as a writer/producer and I've been privileged to work with some world-class producers (Scott Rudin, David Geffen among them). The lesson is always the same: it all starts with a good script.
Q: Why do dark comedies appeal to you?
LW: I grew up in some fairly dark circumstances and laughter became a survival mechanism. That's translated into writing dark comedy.
Q: How much money are you hoping to raise with the kickstarter? What will the money allow you to do with the show?
LW: We need to raise just over $18,000 and as I write this we've broken the $11,000 mark. Most of the money will go into post-production for CINDY with a bit left over for distribution and publicity.
Q: When will the first episode air?
LW: Like I said, "Merry Christmas from Cindy," is our goal!
Q: Tell me a bit about the 40-year-old prince, how did that idea come around?
LW: The forty-year-old Prince? As you can see from the CINDY trailer one of our guiding principals was to take all of the conventions of the Disney-ised Cinderella and subvert them in some way. All of the usual fairy tale answers for Cindy are the wrong answers. She's a girl who ultimately is going to have find her own way.
K.M. Randall writes fantasy and paranormal for both a general and young adult audience. Her debut novel, an epic fantasy called Fractured Dream, launched in June 2014, and her second book, The Reaper's Daughter, launched May 2015. Randall also published Fairytale Lost, a prequel to Fractured Dream, as an exclusive on Wattpad. She blogs about dreams, female heroines, and activism and its relevancy to the literary and fictional world. And when in the season, sometimes she just likes to talk about Halloween. She is currently hard at work on the second book in the Dreamer Saga series, Shattered World.