Although a screenwriter himself, Ehlinger brought in celebrated author and former NOCCA (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts) teacher Tom Whalen to write the screenplay.
"Tom introduced me to what great cinema was. I was very fortunate to have taken his classes back in the 1980's. It was only right that my first feature should be written by him," said Ehlinger.
An Internet collaboration proceeded throughout 2005. They attempted to stay true to the novel while at the same time making the necessary cinematic translations.
But they both agreed that the Victorian satire was dated.
"We have so much to make fun of in today's world," said Ehlinger. "A one-to-one translation would be dull. But Edwin Abbott used geometry and math as a launching point for his humor, and we'd do the same."
Despite this one change, Ehlinger was adamant about sticking to the rules of a two dimensional world.
Colonel Triangle, a Flatlander that causes A Square some difficulty.