Kim Bass provided the 90’s with great entertainment: creating Sister, Sister and Nickelodeon’s Kenan And Kel, taking Men In Black from big screen to the TV cartoon and writing for In Living Color. He’s back with his movie in production, The Unbroken…
The good news is, westerns are back. For people who liked Django Unchained, how will The Unbroken be similar?
Well, let’s see… Like many of the classic westerns, they are both action-packed stories with strong lead characters on a mission fueled by love and devotion, fraught with danger and ultimately being resolved by righteous revenge. But let me be clear, Tarantino makes Tarantino films with his signature tone and his unique storytelling style. He is a master at his brand and considerable filmmaking craft. It would be disingenuous to compare oneself or one’s, as of yet, unmade film to another filmmaker or film. The UnBroken is neither a remake nor a mimic of another film. It’s an original story that I hope will stand on its own in the western genre.
What’s so special about the mail order bride character that she demands an action film? He’s never met her!
Throughout history, many a man has risked it all for the love of a woman when he finds her worthy of all he has to give in order to be with her. Though our hero (Colt) only knows his beloved (Salor) through the many letters they’ve exchanged with one another, he truly loves her more deeply than even he could have imagined possible after living a hard, lonely life of near solitude since his birth. His mail-order bride’s beautifully expressive written words make Colt’s head spin and his heart beat with joy at the mere thought of having Salor to have and to hold for his very own. She represents a future filled with love and family which means everything to Colt and that is worth fighting for, even if it is against seemingly insurmountable odds.
Do any scenes make use of your comedic “In Living Color” writing skills?
There are some comedic beats in the story. I think that human beings have the ability to find humor and to laugh even under extreme circumstances. Perhaps it’s a natural gift we have to help us not take ourselves or even life too seriously.
How did you work the action scenes so everything happened as it should with the unpredictable stuff: dust, naughty horses and more?
On paper it’s easy to put things in a neat and tidy order. Once on the set with the actors, the animals, the weather and the unknown is a different story altogether. I guess we’ll just have to see what happens. That’s the exciting part of production.
You have amazing IMDB credits. But it seems like there’s always someone waiting to take your place. Once you’ve gotten a big name project done, you’re now competing with others like you. It never ends. How do you make independent films get noticed from start to finish so they don’t go unwatched…and get funding?
I don’t view other writers or directors as competition. There is plenty of room in the world for people to go after their dreams without negatively impacting those of others. I don’t believe there is a set formula on getting a film made or “noticed.” Each project has its own particular characteristics and challenges, not the least of which is finding funding. It takes a great deal of belief in what you’re doing and great people with whom to do it. I have been fortunate to have been able to work and continue to work and or partner with absolutely amazing people from investors, producers, cast members, production crew and PR team. The credits may read a certain director’s film or film by, but the reality is, it takes a tremendously dedicated group of professionals to produce a film worth watching.
With all your shows, you either helped create or write mainstream TV roles for non-mainstream people. Do we get to see any cool roles for Hispanic or black characters in your western, also like Jamie Foxx breaking the trends of Hollywood white cowboys?
The UnBroken is a multi-cultural film which is historically accurate and reflective of the true west.
How can people watch the movie?
Once it’s made, hopefully at their local movie theater full of other folks who will become fans of the film.