Worth the Wait
Thirty years after writing Rudy, George Arthur Bloom’s original script premieres as Any Day Now – thanks to Travis Fine.  

(November 6, 2012) 


Any Day Now writers George Arthur Bloom (L) and Travis Fine  

After writing his screenplay about a gay man and the abused autistic child he cared for, and trying to get it produced for a number of years, George Arthur Bloom tucked the script for Rudy away in a file cabinet, figuring it would never make it to the big-screen. Then three years ago Bloom got a call from screenwriter/director Travis Fine, who had heard about the story through Bloom’s son, a music supervisor, and wanted to option it. Now, some 30 years later, Bloom’s screenplay has evolved into a new film, Any Day Now. The men share a “written by” credit.

Fine reworked the original script, making a number of significant changes while retaining the heart of the original. Any Day Now has snared a number of film festival awards and is scheduled to open in movie theaters on December 14 (WriteNow wrote about the film last month). “It’s incredibly thrilling,” says Bloom. “I wrote this 30 years ago and knew then that it was good and important, and the movie confirms it. It took a long time to get to this point but it’s incredibly gratifying to see the reaction to.”

The evolution of Bloom’s original script into Any Day Now is, in many ways, a testament to the enduring appeal of a good story and the determination of two writers who recognized that. Bloom, a Los Angeles writer, was visiting friends in New York in 1981 when he met the real-life Rudy, an unemployed gay hairdresser living among the squalor of Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. Though he had little money, Rudy was caring for an autistic 11-year-old boy, whose drug-addict mother had abandoned him and who was severely abused by his grandmother.

The tragedy of the situation and the poignance of the relationship between the man and mentally impaired boy inspired Bloom to develop the story into a screenplay about gay adoption. “It was 30 years ago and you can imagine how difficult it was to get a project about gay adoption made,” recalls Bloom, who now resides in Florida.

Throughout the rewriting phase Fine kept Bloom in the loop, and they often consulted by phone. “He sent me everything and we talked about it,” says Bloom, who has been making the festival circuit with Any Day Now. “In that sense I was part of the process all along.”

 

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