Mick Lexington lives and writes in New York City. He is the creator of the TV series, Shanghai Shanghai. His current projects in development include the film; Mr. Jack, See more here: http://misterjackthemovie.com
When did you start writing?
I came to writing late in life. I was a painter and a musician with a modicum of success before I tried my hand at writing. I was not that disciplined when I was young to sit down at a typewriter or a computer and assemble strings of words into stories. Although I had the mental temperament for telling stories, the dexterity didn’t come until I was in my late twenties. That was about ten years ago, and I’m starting to get the hang of it now.
What inspires you to write?
Actually, my writing began as an extension of study Philosophy. I began studying Philosophy when I went back to college but stopped short at getting my degree yet continued to expound my philosophical ideology through my stories and fiction. My ‘hobbies’ for want of a better word is looking for the correlation between philosophy and quantum physics. I’m not saying I’m an expert, or even close at either of these fields. I just find a fascination with them. But back to the question. More than anything I’m inspired by the Human condition and human drama. I want to tell the stories we dare don’t tell ourselves.
Tell me about Shanghai Shanghai
Shanghai Shanghai, is a TV Series in development that takes place in Shanghai China in 1927. In 1927, Shanghai was regarded as the most opulent and decadent city in all of Asia, if not the world. European and American adventurers seeking exotic mystery arrive daily by the boatload to indulge in the legal opium and prostitution.
I wrote SS as a drama with the use of classic archetypal characters giving the audience familiar content, yet while the setting of Shanghai in the 1920s provides an exotic context. This mix of familiar content set in exotic context gives Shanghai Shanghai its universal appeal.
What are your upcoming projects?
Apart from SS I’m working on a film set in the Lower East Side of Manhattan entitled Mr. Jack. Mr. Jack started out as an idea for a short novel. Three years, five drafts, and half a million words later, Mr. Jack clocked in as a 100,000-word manuscript. Revisiting the project after a layoff, I now feel the best vehicle to tell the Mr. Jack story is not the novel, but the screen.
Mr. Jack proposes the philosophical ideology; the greatest sin against the natural order is to deny one’s true nature, no matter where it takes us. In suicide, one curtails one existence, yet when one denies one’s nature, we corrupt all that which one cherishes. Val Shepard, an artist, returning to New York after a self-imposed exile tells the story of Mr. Jack. Upon his return, Val takes on the role of an observer, metaphorically coming back from the dead to see how life had moved on in his absence. Yet, unlike the dead, Val begins a manipulation of the present that he believes will undo his past.
Thematically, Mr. Jack addresses questions of self-awareness and the cause and effect of the denial of self. Val is the anti-hero, unable to face his innermost wants and desires, he lives vicariously through the carefree Jackson King ‘Mr. Jack’, and in denying his true nature, Val destroys all that which he cherishes.