The blurb is as follows:
On April 11, 2012, TheWrap.com published a private letter from screenwriter Joe Eszterhas to director Mel Gibson. The letter chronicled, in alarming detail, their disastrous attempt to collaborate on a film version of the Biblical Book of Maccabees. The media flare-up that followed focused on Eszterhas’ characterization of Gibson as an angry, Jew-hating sociopath, but largely ignored the spiritual crisis at the story’s heart. Using the letter as a map, Surfing with Mel sets out to find some meaning within the madness, and winds up outlining a darkly satirical and deeply profane portrait of two men at war with each other, with their pasts, and with God.
This isn’t the first time Matthew has taken a run at a script: I still think that his Alphonse story would be a terrifying success if picked up by Hollywood, and I remember he wrote a few brief scripts along those lines, but it seems they are still waiting for their day to come.
Surfing with Mel is being published for the Kindle. If, like me, you are one of those happy souls who do not own a Kindle, you can still get the book to read on your computer — unless, like me, you live outside the United States, in which case you’ll apparently just have to sit tight.
Anyway, many congratulations to Matthew. It is always an achievement to have something one has written appear in print — or “print”. Many happy returns!