Posted by Gayle on April 30, 1999 at 11:56:00:
In Reply to: Re: And, Speaking of DDL ... posted by Chris on April 30, 1999 at 09:33:49:
: I had hopes of writing a script based on the book which was written as a sequel to Cooper's book, but the deal fell through. Looks like we'll have to come up with an idea on our own. Of course, we have to figure out some way to raise Uncas from the dead (or have lots of flashbacks). Anyone want to come up with a concept? I'm all ears...
Here's an idea - you could write the script as a sequel to The Deerslayer instead of LOTM. The period between the two books covered the time when Chingachgook and Hawkeye were in their late 20s and early 30s. Chingachgook married Wah ta Wah (which would give you a neat Indian marriage ceremony to work with) and then you have the opportunity to write the birth of Uncas and his early years. Hawkeye and Chingachgook were busy building their magnificent reputations on the frontier. The time period would be between about 1743 and 1757, so you could pull out some good colonial war action - maybe the Battle of Niagara that Cooper intended to write as part of the series, but never got around to. It definitely is a time-gap that needs to be filled in.
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