Now only a day away from the release of this year’s Young & Hungry List, we wanted to proudly recognize one more batch of nominated writers, those who made the list only one short year ago. These may be the most impressive of all, testaments to the momentum with which these ambitious talents catapulted themselves into stardom. They may be the freshest batch yet, but their exploits and accomplishments are anything but unimpressive.
Alexander Felix made a clean run of the lists in 2013; afterbeing recognized on the Y&H List in 2013, his spec Where Angels Die landed him on both the Hit List and the Black List. Before long, he was tapped by Scott Free and Story Mining & Supply Co. to adapt V.E. Schwab’s novel Vicious.
Andrew Sodroski made the list with his spec Holland, Michigan, which has Errol Morris directing and Naomi Watts and Bryan Cranston starring. He’s also got two different crime thrillers in the works with Warner Bros: Vor V Zakone and American Blood. His latest spec, the thriller Disturbance, his the market only earlier this month.
Bradley Marcus and Kevin Marcus hit the market with two specs in 2013, the second of which, the period werewolf film The Wolf’s Hour, sold to Universal earlier this year. They were also tapped to write Once Upon a Time… for Epidemic Pictures and Davis Entertainment.
Elijah Bynum also hit the market with two specs in 2013, and sold both of them: Hot Summer Nights to Flashlight Films, and Mississippi Mud to Darko Entertainment. Both scripts landed on the Hit List that year, the former of which took top honors. His latest feature spec, In the Morning Blood, hits the market this year, and is sure to make waves.
Erica Oyama, along with her husband, Ken Marino, were recruited to write Fox 2000’s adaptation of the adult-rated nursery rhyme Go the F*ck to Sleep, along with 20th Century Fox’s sports comedy Return of the Jocks. They also recently sold their road comedy pitch Me Time to Universal. As if she didn’t have enough to do, Erica will be writing Lionsgate’s White Girl Problems, produced by Elizabeth Banks and Jina Jones.
Matt Lieberman sold his hot spec 12/24 to 1492 Pictures immediately before he was recognized by the Y&H List. He was the first writer on the latest Scooby-Doo reboot, and next he’ll pen Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, the big screen adaptation of the classic children’s book, The Wind in the Willows.
Olivia Milch will lend her talents to the upcoming Little Women remake, which is produced by DiNovi Pictures and Sony. Clearly entrusted with writing strong female-centric projects, she was also tapped by Fox to pen the Ellen Page-starring Queen and Country, produced by Chernin.
Vera Herbert was tapped by Big Beach Productions and De Line Pictures to write dramedy Don’t Make Me Go, and soon after sold her pilot Falcon to NBC, which she will also executive produce.
Mickey Fisher sold his pilot Extant to CBS, which saw major success and was recently renewed for a second season. He probably has his hands full showrunning one of the biggest sci-fi series of the past year.
Nic Pizzolatto created one of the most talked about new series of the last few years: True Detective. Season two stars Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn, and premiers in January of 2015. Nic was also tapped by Universal to pen The Rockford Files, and will adapt his own novel Galveston for the silver screen.
We couldn’t be more impressed by those writers who’s eagerly ridden the buzz upward towards a great and memorable career. We look forward to watching them progress. And that’s not all we’re looking forward to: the 2014 Young & Hungry List drops TOMORROW! Soon we’ll have another 100 rising stars to track as they rocket towards success! Tune in tomorrow!
Missed the 2011 or 2012 recap? Check the links below to read up on some of the highlights from previous years…
YOUNG & HUNGRY NO MORE – A LOOK BACK AT SOME OF THE 2011 YOUNG & HUNGRY ALUMS
YOUNG & HUNGRY NO MORE – A LOOK BACK AT SOME OF THE 2012 YOUNG & HUNGRY ALUMS
YOUNG & HUNGRY NO MORE – A LOOK BACK AT SOME OF THE 2013 YOUNG & HUNGRY ALUMS
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