We’re thrilled to announce that on Friday, December 4th, we will be releasing the 2015 Hit List, comprised of top spec scripts of the year, as voted on by industry professionals. In anticipation of Friday’s release, we’re taking a look back at some of the writers who have landed on the Hit Lists of years past to see where they’ve been, and where they are today.
Yesterday, we took a look back at the 2010 Hit List, which included more than a few names you might recognize, including Damien Chazelle and Diablo Cody. Today, we proudly present the latest updates from some of the writers who made the 2011 Hit List. And don’t forget to check back on Friday for the release of the 2015 Hit List!
HERE ARE A FEW STAND-OUT HONOREES FROM THE 2011 HIT LIST
This year, Alex Pastor and David Pastor‘s Hit List script SELF/LESS hit the big screen starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Kingsley. In the year’s between the script going out and the film, the pair wrote and directed The Last Days for Morena Films and wrote Out Of The Dark for Julia Stiles for Apaches Entertainment. They also made Incorporated for CBS starring Julia Ormand and Georgina Haig and have set up How It Was When The Past Went Away at Focus Features with Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey producing.
Aron Eli Coliete may have penned the feature script THE END, but perhaps he’s best known for his work on television. He was a Co-Executive producer on Heroes and The River as well as a consulting producer on The Hostages and writing the TV movie Home for TNT and Jerry Bruckheimer Productions. More recently he has ventured back into features with an Unt. Twilight Zone Film for Warner Bros. and Appian Way and When First We Were Gods for Lionsgate.
After writing A MANY SPLINTERED THING, Chris Shafer and Paul Vicknair worked on two projects with Captain America himself Chris Evans: Playing It Cool and Before We Go. They are currently working on an adaptation of A Boy Named Shel based on the book by Lisa Rogak about the life of Shel Silverstein. They’re project The Girl Who Conned The Ivy League is set up at McG’s Wonderland Sound and Vision with Amanda Seyfried attached, and they recently completed a draft for a Bradley Cooper vehicle at Warner Bros.
Chris Sparling landed on the list with his script INCIDENT ON 459, just a year after his breakout script Buried hit theaters starring Ryan Reynolds. He then wrote the Marti Noxon-produced Rabies, Lionsgate’s Down a Dark Hall, and Warner Bros.’ Blood on Snow, currently in development with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star. His spec Sea of Trees, directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Matthew McConaughey, premiered this year. He’s currently adapting the Stephen King short story Ayana into a TV movie.
The dark-action genre has found a new scribe to lead them with Cory Goodman. He made The Hit List with ANNABELLE and has since gone on to write this year’s The Last Witch Hunter starring Vin Diesel and Rose Leslie, and grossed over $100 million worldwide. He recently signed on to write the fifth installment of Underworld for Lakeshore Entertainment with Kate Beckinsale set to return in the starring role and Anna Foerster attached to direct. He’s also penning the Robin Hood update Hood for Columbia.
David Dobkin is very well known for directing studio comedies such as Wedding Crashers, Mr. Woodcock, and The Change-Up. After writing his Hit List script ARTHUR AND LANCELOT, which sold to Warner Bros. for a reported $2 million, Dobkin produced and wrote the story for Jack The Giant Slayer and is an executive producer on AMC’s Into The Badlands and Fox’s Friends With Benefits. He’s currently writing and directing Helium for Warner Bros.
David Twohy‘s work was prolific even prior to making the list with THE LEONARDO JOB. Since then, he wrote and directed Riddick starring Vin Diesel and set up The Brazilian Job at Paramount pictures. He is also set to write and direct Furia, as well as writing the action series Merc City, both for Universal. His project Cry Havoc is set up with Touchstone and Disney.
F. Scott Frazier‘s AUTOBAHN landed on The Hit List shortly before his spec Berliner went on to sell for a mid-six figures. He’s currently rewriting Asteroids for Universal and Di Bonaventura Pictures, and adapting Metro 2033 for MGM. His script Collide is awaiting release starring Nicholas Holt and Felicity Jones for 42 and Silver Pictures.
Graham Moore won last year’s Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for IMITATION GAME but the script first appeared on The Hit List back in 2011. Prior to this, Moore was a staff writer on the ABC Family series 10 Things I Hate About You. Moore currently has his script F*cking Engaged set up at Bunce Media with Jessica Biel attached to produce. He’s rewriting Martin Scorsese’s Devil in the White City for Paramount.
After setting up his Hit List script CRISTO at Warner Bros. and Bellevue Productions, writer Ian Shorr set up his next project, Capsule, with Fox. Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story, which he adapted from the web series, was released this year, and his scripts Spring Falls and Re-up are currently in development. He also wrote Trenches, a series that landed at the online channel Crackle. His remake of Strangers on a Train, Substitution, is in development at Alcon Entertainment.
Jason Dean Hall proved himself a master of action after his script VALET arrived on The Hit List in 2011. Since then he penned the Oscar-nominated American Sniper, which was directed by Clint Eastwood and starred Bradley Cooper. He also wrote Paranoia which starred Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, and Liam Hemsworth. He’s currently working on a sci-fi spin of a legendary hero in Robin Hood 2058 for Atlas Entertainment, a film on the life of Rasputin for Appian Way, an adaptation of Thank You For Your Service starring Miles Teller, and Blacklight for Fox.
This year saw the premiere of MAGGIE starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin, but the film’s script by John Scott 3 was featured on The Hit List four years ago. Scott 3 has since set up his script Lovely Monster at Lionsgate, The Caves of Steel at Genre Films, and Otherland with Lin Pictures. He is also set to write and direct Parable X for Fubar Films FL.
Lauryn Kahn made her way through the industry initially as Adam McKay’s assistant while spending her free time writing her spec HE’S F*CKIN’ PERFECT. The feature script made the list and since then Kahn has made several shorts including the Frenemies trio. She has two more feature comedies being produced by McKay and Will Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez, I’m In Love With The DJ and The Social Life. The Social Life is set up at Universal where she’s also set up her action-comedy Most Wanted with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds.
Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy have seen their Dracula-thriller HARKER set up at Warner Bros., while the pair have been busy at work staffing on the series Hemlock Grove. They currently are at work adapting The Island Of Doctor Moreau, also for Warner Bros., after writing the franchise reboot Zorro Reborn for Lantica Media.
Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass landed on the list with PITCHFORK but are better known to audiences for their work in front of the camera with Mark starring in FX series The League and Jay on Amazon’s award-winning Transparent. They have set up their script The Dubber at Focus Features while executive producing a new series, Animal, for HBO. This is their second series with the premium cabler, with their first, Togetherness, airing earlier this year. They’re working on the adaptation of Mule at Warner Bros. and the remake of Same Time Next Year for Universal. They’ve served as executive producers on multiple projects including Skeleton Twins, Tangerine and the upcoming dramedy The Bronze.
Writing duo Matthew Duffer and Ross Duffer won raves for their script HIDDEN. It was subsequently produced by Warner Bros. and Roy Lee’s Primal Pictures and stars Alexander Skarsgard. They have since created the series Stranger Things for Netflix starring Winona Ryder.
After putting a new spin on Pinocchio with THE THREE MISFORTUNES OF GEPETTO, scribe Mike Vukadinovich set up the project at 20th Century Fox and 21 Laps. He recently signed on to write the remake Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride for Disney and is adapting the popular trading card game, The Garbage Pail Kids, into a feature film for Tornante Company. He’s currently working on a draft of The Wind and the Willows with Rickey Gervais attached for RG Entertainment. He’s appeared multiple times on The Hit List, most recently last year with Secret Ingredients of Rocket Cola.
Natalie Krinsky established her strength in female characters after penning MUSEUM OF BROKEN RELATIONSHIPS. She subsequently joined the writing staff of Gossip Girl and Red Band Society, and set up the modern-take on The Wizard Of Oz entitled Dorothy at E! She then sold The Knot to 20th Century Fox and I’ll Give You The Sun at Warner Bros. and DiNovi Pictures. She’s currently rewriting Repeat After Me for Universal.
After writing BLACKOUT, Peter Craig took over juggernaut young adult series The Hunger Games when he adapted the last novel into The Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2. Next up, he’s taking over another highly anticipated sequel Top Gun 2 for Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Bad Boys 3 for Sony, and the live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop for Fox and 3 Arts. His film Blood Father, for which Craig wrote both the novel and the screenplay, stars Mel Gibson. Lionsgate is set to release it next year.
FROM MIA WITH LOVE was highlighted on the 2011 Hit List with four screenwriters. The foursome included Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg, Kevin Chelsey, and Bryan Shukoff. Since 2011, Grahame-Smith adapted the bestselling novel Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies for Lionsgate and was hired to pen The Lego Movie sequel centered around “Lego Batman” for Warner Bros. He’s also writing and directing The Flash for DC. Grahame-Smith is also working on Beetlejuice 2 with Katzenberg and Ninjago with Chelsey and Shukoff. The latter pair have also reteamed to write The Hero’s Guide To Saving Your Kingdom and Summer School. From Mia With Love is currently in development at Fox.
T.S. Nowlin‘s WILD GUNS script was just the beginning for the writer who went on to pen the first two scripts in the Mazerunner franchise and is currently working on the third installment, Mazerunner: The Death Cure. Next up is Agent 13 for Denver and Delilah productions and the sci-fi flick Our Name Is Adam for Paramount and Disruption Entertainment with Mary Parent producing. Wild Guns is also in development with Warner Bros., while his sci-fi adaptation of Ruin is in the works at Fox.
After penning The Bourne Identity, William Blake Herron landed on the Hit List with MONTECRISTO. He is next set to write and direct Lesser Evil for Boss Media and recently created Agent X for TNT starring Sharon Stone. He’s also in development with the thriller 34th Floor for Fox.
These are just a few of the remarkable success stories from the 2011 Hit List writers. If you missed yesterday’s look back at the 2010 Hit List Alums, click here to take a look! Tomorrow we’ll be catching up with more of the writers from the 2012 Hit List, in anticipation of the reveal of the 2015 Hit List on Friday!