Author: Vanessa Morgan
Desription: Loved Dexter and American Psycho? Then you'll love A Good Man.
Louis Caron is a good man - vegetarian, he feeds the homeless, takes care of animals and is even concerned with the ecological future of the planet. But his altruism has a sinister edge - he's a vampire - and local detective Taglioni is becoming increasingly suspicious. Louis' attempt to escape the police takes him on a journey into his own private hell where he is not only forced to confront his worst fears, but also to destroy the lives of those he cares about most.
My Review can be found at http://www.identitydiscovery.net/2012/05/good-man-by-vanessa-morgan.html
Interview with Vanessa Morgan, author
- What made you decide to write a screen play?
In 2010, my short story The Strangers Outside was brought to the screen. The main actor in that film, Pierre Lekeux, is also a producer. He loved what I had done with The Strangers Outside and he asked if I'd agree to write their next feature film. He wanted to jump onto the wagon of the current vampire-craze and he thought that I was the ideal person to bring this project to life. The result is A Good Man that I could best describe as American Psycho with a vampire.
- Are there actually plans to produce a tv series or movie from this?
A Good Man is currently in pre-production and will be shot later this year. Most of the cast and crew is already attached to the movie and the production is now arranging camera and other equipment.
- I can see this as a tv series more than a movie just because I would expect a movie script to be much more detailed. Which did you envision when writing it?
It's just the contrary. Because a TV series is longer, it takes more pages to write than a movie screenplay. There's no difference in the details that need to be added. A Good Man is pretty much like all other screenplays in terms of description and length. Because one page equals one minute in a movie, the adaptation of A Good Man should be more or less 96 minutes in length.
- I actually am having a hard time understanding why Louis decides to fake his death by giving up blood other than to provide closure to Emma and Vincent. Was that his only motivating factor?
Louis never even thinks about faking his death. That would be a bit weird indeed. What happens is that the police is suspicious of him and his vampire support group urges him to leave the country as soon as possible in order not to bring the other vampires in danger. Louis answers that it isn't exactly the right time to leave the country because there are people he cares about (Vincent and Emma) and he can't leave them without saying goodbye properly. The vampire support group accepts that Louis takes his time to say goodbye to Vincent and Emma first, but in the meantime, he isn't allowed to kill any people because that would make the police even more suspicious. The problem with vampires is that their bodies degrade quickly if they're not drinking any blood. If this goes on for too long, this will end in a state in which the vampire will still be conscious, but unable to move his limbs. As Louis finds himself unable to leave the people he loves, he is getting himself into that state. He's not faking it. And he doesn't want to be ill and disabled either. He just wants to stay with his loved ones as long as can possible be.... Just like humans would. But we all know that not letting go of people can have disastrous results.
- Why did Louis kill the drunk guy in the bar?
Louis is a vampire which means he has to kill people from time to time in order to drink their blood. The drunk guy in the bar was an easy victim, because Louis was supposedly going to drive him home and he was too drunk to defend himself. The drunk guy also seemed like a 'lost case' which are the only people Louis kills.
- Why does Louis throw up after he drinks blood? How does that actually help him live when he needs the blood to survive?
Throwing up is a normal reaction when someone is confronted with a traumatizing situation such as rape or murder. Even though Louis is a vampire, he feels bad about killing people. He wants to be a good man after all. He doesn't want to be a monster. It's explained in the story that he is never able to throw up the blood. The desire to throw up is an instant reaction, but because he never throws up any blood it won't hinder him in his survival.
- Are there any plans for a full novel connected with this play?
A Good Man was always meant to be a movie and it'll probably stay that way. The screenplay is available on Kindle and all other digital formats though, so readers can already check it out.