The Ultimate Library Movie

Mike M. responded to my “Top 10 Memories of FIMS” post by suggesting I should write a library screenplay (noting the beautiful irony of doing a movie rather than a book.) 

Here is my response:

“Party Girl” didn't really do it so I think there's still room for a
really good library movie – either a dark indy-Canadian type flick,
starring Eric Peterson as the crusty head librarian with a heart of
gold and Sarah Polley as the ditzy but sensitive new librarian hire who
gets the library out of its funding cut crisis via innovative programs such as “Singles Night in the Stacks” and the “Rockin' Your
Books Off” concert series which triples patron visits and rallies community
support saving the library.




It could also be a big Hollywood romantic comedy starring Tom Hanks as
the crusty head librarian with a heart of gold and Cameron Diaz as the
ditzy but sensitive new librarian hire who reaches out to the people
with her innovative programs such as “Singles Night in the Stacks” and
the “Rockin' Your Books Off” concert series with her and Tom Hanks
accidently on purpose hooking up at the first event and partying down
as the end credits roll during the second one.

He also suggested the title should use the words “wild” and/or “crazy”.  So…

Title if it's an indy?  Librarians in the Wild
Title if it's a blockbuster?  These Librarians Are Crazy!
(And because it's so obvious, title if its a different genre? Librarians Gone Wild)

(I gotta work on my log lines – I'm outta practice.)

Comments 4

  1. Anonymous wrote:

    Who would play the concert series, this is essential information.

    Posted 12 Jan 2007 at 7:06 am
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    In the indy version it would be music-geek-fave Canadian bands – see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Canadian_indie_rock_groups
    For the blockbuster version, probably Matchbox 20.

    Posted 12 Jan 2007 at 7:38 am
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    I've always been a fan of Party Girl – probably one of the reasons why I refer to parts of it in class 🙂
    If a Canadian Library movie was to be created…somehow, Paul Gross (of various fames including the smash hit “Men with Brooms”…okay so it wasn't much of a smash hit, but as a curling librarian, I was thrilled) would need to be involved – just don't make him recite Shakespeare.
    In the era of remaking movies, maybe a Canadian remake of Desk Set.
    Or better yet, reunite the cast of the whole mocumentary series (Best in Show, Mighty Wind…and what was the other one)…for a mocumentary on librarians. Catherine O'Hara with a bun in her hair just seems so perfect.
    Okay…coffee hasn't kicked in yet, and I should get back to cataloguing.
    Cheeers

    Posted 12 Jan 2007 at 4:20 pm
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    I like your idea of the Spinal Tap-esque library movie. A group of actors like the crew you mentioned could have some fun doing that faux-documentary style.
    I don't know who you'd use for the Canadian remake but casting a Hollywood “Desk Set” remake would be fun. George Clooney in the Spencer Tracy role and Nicole Kidman in the Katharine Hepburn role.

    Posted 13 Jan 2007 at 10:33 am

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