After miraculously remaining 29 years old for almost eight decades, Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) has lived a solitary existence, never allowing herself to get close to anyone who might reveal her secret. But a chance encounter with charismatic philanthropist Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman) reignites her passion for life and romance. When a weekend with his parents (Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker) threatens to uncover the truth, Adaline makes a decision that will change her life forever.
Goodloe has been working in the industry for over 25 years – he first started off his career working with renown Director Richard Donner on such films as Lethal Weapon 3 and Maverick. His writing credits include the ESPY-nominated A Gentleman’s Game, Pride starring Terrence Howard and Bernie Mac, and the adaptation of Nicholas Spark’s best-selling novel Best of Me. Goodloe discussed “The Age of Adaline” and what inspired him to write the story in an interview with Celebrity Examiner Jae Monique.
Jae Monique: What inspired you to create the story of The Age of Adaline?
Goodloe: It came up a long time ago, a little over 12 years ago. I pitched it to a producer in town… I seen this movie Amelie and I thought it was terrific. I loved the interesting character in Paris and all the adventures she had, and the experiences she had. That was originally the idea of trying to make a film with an interesting female protagonist.
Jae Monique: How long did it take for you to complete the writing process?
Goodloe: Wrote in 2003 and 2004… Writing partner stopped working. I rewrote it in 2009 and 2010 as an individual wrier. In 2010 I gave it a nice new kick.
Jae Monique: Did you cast the actors yourself or did you use a casting director?
Goodloe: It was all the studio. As a writer they kept me abreast of what was going on and where they were in the process… The people putting up the money had their ideas of how they want the film made of what actors they wanted, and it was in their hands.
Jae Monique: How do you feel about the actors? Is there anything about the film that you would change?
Goodloe: No, with the casting on this one, if you look at the cast that’s assembled for it, it’s how am I going to cast up from Harrison ford… it was across the board.. with such strong casting that I’d be an idiot if I said there’s a better actor who could have done a better job.
Jae Monique: What do you like best about the story?
Goodloe: It’s different. There’s so much stuff out there that reminds me of a millions of other things. It’s not based upon a novel, it’s not based upon a TV show, it’s not based upon a sequel…It has a female lead in every frame of the film.
Jae Monique: What was the most challenging aspect?
Goodloe: It was challenging initially because when I first wrote the draft and when I first started out, I had a learning curve, and I came back and looked at it again.
Jae Monique: Which do you feel is more challenging, writing or directing?
Goodloe: Writing is much harder, when you’re directing the film, you have a lot of people around you and you’ve got a lot people to collaborate with and to talk, and it’s really a team effort. When you’re writing an original screen play, it’s just you in a room and you’re working by yourself. When you’re stuck, there’s no one there to help you.
The Age of Adaline is released nationwide on April 24, 2015.