Not so crazy

Published November 11, 2020 by A.J.B. Johnston

Here’s a not-so-crazy idea. A very long, longshot, yes, but not crazy.

The idea is to turn the story presented in “Kings of Friday Night: The Lincolns” into a TV series.

Sort of like Irish writer Roddy Doyle’s “The Commitments”, which went from a novel to a movie to a play in London’s West End.

The TV season I imagine would be based be six, eight or ten episodes of 20 to 30-minutes each. The starting point would be the real-life characters and events detailed in the book, presented with both drama and humor, and music of course. It would be important to get the period right, from fashions to cars to dialogue and attitudes. Anyone who knows the stories in the book will grasp that there was a fascinating mix of characters in the band and among friends and fans, and there were some zany hijinks and adventures, along with a few heartbreaks. There is more than enough for a bunch of episodes. Maybe more than a single season.

The series would begin with the formation of the band and move on from there, showing the many ups and downs as the 1960s unfolded. It would be funny and yet sometimes sad, and stirring and poignant at the same time.

So, there it is. That’s not crazy, is it?

Anyone know somebody in the TV production business?

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