When your small little drama about a Columbian drug mule bags its lead actress an Oscar nomination and its director a slew of international festival prizes, you’re guaranteed that Hollywood will come along and present a panoply of potential projects to get your attention. Chances are it’ll be an absolute exercise in futility, wasting precious creativity and energy.
Joshua Marston made Maria Full of Grace in 2004 and turned actress Catalina Sandino Moreno into a temporary temptation (she did the role of Maria the vampire in a few Twilight flicks). In 2007, Marston was announced to be developing a supernatural thriller with J.J. Abrams for Paramount Pictures. Five years passed and no supernatural thriller came to fruition. All that Marston has to show is a flow chart he did for npr that describes 29 steps to creative dissolution and heartbreak.