Interview with Screenwriter Anthony Ventresca (The Pirate Groom)

1. What is your screenplay about?

It is a “next generation” sequel to The Princess Bride set 25 years later.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

The film The Princess Bride has garnered immeasurable attention since its box office release. People have shown it to their children, to their grand children and grand parents. My screenplay re-introduces the lovable personalities of the past and weaves in a story with a new generation of quirky characters. Many references from the original are taken to build the plot. I believe that this screenplay, if brought to the big screen, would appeal to people of all sorts and they would come out in numbers.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Whimsical Fantasy

5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

The Princess Bride

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About 3 years.

7. How many stories have you written?

Just this one, so far.

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

To pick just one song would be very difficult. But the song I have listened to the most would be Rhinestone Cowboy by Glen Campbell. I have a special needs brother who plays this song over and over again as if listening to it for the first time.

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

When I initially started to write, I was using Microsoft Word. It wasn’t going very well and I was physically bound to my computer desk and writing felt like work. It wasn’t until I downloaded a screenplay app on my phone that it really started to get going. I was able to make use of any free time I had to contribute to the project, whether I was at home, waiting in my car or on a lunch break at work. I was putting my thoughts to text quicker and easier, especially the dialog.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Art, Animals, Sports and sadly the Toronto Maple Leafs. Stanley Cup this year right?

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

Very easy to use and an excellent platform to browse festivals. The emails keeps my interest on a daily basis.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I live in the Niagara Region so the proximity of Toronto was a trigger. With regards to the feedback I received, it was clear that whoever read my screenplay is an authority on the industry and of the craft. Their suggestions were insightful and became quite obvious to me once they were pointed out. I immediately began editing based on the valuable feedback provided.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

In this sequel to the film “The Princess Bride”, 25 years later, a princess and a pirate join forces in an attempt to save their parents and free the kingdom from an evil tyrant.


Narration: Steve Rizzo
Leah: Hannah Ehman
Father: Geoff Mays

By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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