THE VAGABOND PRINCE
Written by: Charles Peirce
While hiding in an abandoned mansion from the dangers of WWII, a young boy, with the gift of an over-active imagination, must venture from safety in order to save his mother… only to discover that reality is worse than anything he has ever dreamed up.
“The Vagabond Prince” contains virtually no issues outside of a few typographical errors and was one of the most enthralling screenplays I have read in a long time. A good script should be able to capture a reader’s attention to the extent that all mechanical aspects of a script become invisible due to the effortlessly graceful flow of the story: this screenplay accomplishes that in spades. The script concocts a strange and interesting brew by mixing together hints of “Nell,” “Gone with the Wind,” “The Others,” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” and “Alice in Wonderland” into a single story. This may sound like the script is trying pack too much in to a limited space, and yet it works due to the fact that it was clear the writer was inspired by these films and did not copy them outright. The screenplay unfolds in a fluid manner that digests easily while remaining poignant, and this intoxicating script contained a story that read with ease as well as a premise that kept me captivated till the end. With only a few (very small) errors they were hardly enough to render the script anything less than production-worthy.
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