It has been one yr for the reason that day that modified the course of my life – let me replace y’all. A little bit recap – final January, I bought stressed watching the January sixth information and determined to do one thing gentle that would take my thoughts off it. Every week prior, a submit concerning the demand for a Muppet Nice Gatsby adaptation went viral upon the novel getting into the general public area in 2021. I had already performed round with the thought of what a Muppet Gatsby would appear like, however a necessity for a break from the information is what drove me to take it severely. I get so wrapped up in information tales that I’ve to seek out an escape or I will be a husk of a person glued to the TV for every week. I turned off the TV and all of my free time was now spent typing away as I studied the unique novel and former Muppet movies.
On January 14th, the script was posted to Reddit and instantly went viral with articles and interviews quickly following. Crew members from Muppet movies reached out to me and lit brokers bought involved. It was essentially the most consideration I’ve ever gotten as a author.
Right here is the place the life-changing story begins.
I by no means anticipated Kermit the Frog to knock at my door and I now switched my focus to sending off my unique screenplay works to these lit brokers and driving that wave whereas the viral tide was excessive. Muppets Nice Gatsby might not truly result in Muppets Nice Gatsby nevertheless it may nonetheless open new doorways for me.
I bought e-mails from followers of the script and from different writers who needed to swap screenplays or search recommendation. It helped me construct a reputation within the beginner screenwriting neighborhood and over the previous yr I’ve met so many gifted writers because of this.
This was all good, however one e-mail stood out – An e-mail from a lady named Erica.
“Hey Ben, this may appear weird however we observe one another on Letterboxd and I am simply now placing collectively that you just wrote the viral Muppet Gatsby script.. umm excuse me, I did not know that I used to be semi conversant in a celeb over right here! Severely nice work, I had such a blast studying it. Somebody in my previous work groupchat despatched the AV Membership hyperlink again when it was printed and all of us agreed it was 100% one thing we would like to see. You are gifted and I am excited to see what’s in retailer for you. – Erica”
Erica was a very cute lady with nice style in films that I had adopted on Letterboxd final December after we each gave the film Mank 5 stars:
My evaluation of Mank
Erica’s evaluation of Mank
A couple of yr in the past, I made a meme a few Letterboxd relationship app and at all times thought it might be nice to mix Letterboxd with relationship. There are solely so many instances you may ask somebody what their favourite coloration is, however their rating of Muppet films – now that I can go for. It seems she had additionally had this identical thought after we each skilled the apocalyptic hellscape that was relationship through the pandemic.
The issue was, she lived in Chicago and I lived in Mississippi. You’ll be able to’t simply stroll throughout the bar and ask for a woman’s opinion on Mank. This was such a pie within the sky thought for each of us that two individuals who lived 900 miles away may go on a date due to Letterboxd.
She and I might remark and like one another’s critiques for the next months however with no DM characteristic, we could not instantly attain one another. Though we had each considered it, neither of us knew how one can really break the ice.
So alongside comes Gatsby. The screenplay was put in Erica’s groupchat and, being a giant Muppet fan who speaks in Kermit gifs as a second language, she was instantly throughout it. That is when she observed the identify of the screenwriter.
“Wait, Ben?.. I have been speaking to him on Letterboxd!”
My e-mail was within the screenplay for brokers and followers to contact me. Erica had an in! She despatched the above e-mail to me and we instantly exchanged numbers.
The ENTIRE subsequent day we talked about Muppets and flicks, I barely had probabilities to even eat.
By the beginning of Could, I flew her down to New Orleans and we were officially dating.
That is the 2nd time in my life I’ve gone viral with SOOOOO many retweets coming after us and saying “Mank? Actually? They deserve one another.” I bought her a framed picture of our favourite imply retweets for her birthday.
The announcement of our relationship bought us retweeted by Letterboxd and Netflix. Sean Fennessey (the rationale Erica bought a Letterboxd within the first place) invited us on his podcast The Huge Image for an interview about our relationship.
Erica and I now fortunately dwell collectively in Chicago. She’ll nonetheless beam me a heat smile and say “I am unable to imagine I dwell with Muppet man!”
All due to Mank.
All due to Kermit the Frog.
All due to Reddit.
Due to all you film lovers! Preserve writing and put your self on the market, you may by no means know what doorways can open for you till you strive.