On the verge of announcing our 2013 Young & Hungry List, documenting the top 100 hot writers of the year, we wanted to take a moment and check in with a few of those writers who made our inaugural list back in 2011. While most all of those writers on that first list have gone on to become quite successful in film and television, we simply wanted to highlight a few of those who have made some of the biggest waves in Hollywood in these two short years since being announced.
Since making the list in 2011, Alex Paraskevas & Jordan Goldberg have been busy. They are currently working on a rewrite for “Transcendence” the Wally Pfister directorial debut. Along with that, they have three more projects in development, including “Sprawl,” the WB produced “The Asterisk,” and “The Gun Eaters” being made by Oasis Media Group. Goldberg is also an EP on Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar.”
Brian Duffield wrote Gavin O’Connor’s next film, “Jane Got A Gun” and has another three projects in development. They include “Your Bridesmaid Is A Bitch” which is being directed by Eli Craig, “Monster Problems” being produced by 21 Laps Entertainment, and “Insurgent” an adaptation of the Veronica Roth novel.
Chris Borrelli has his script “The Vatican Tapes” in post-production with Mark Neveldine at the helm. He also has “Sad Jack” coming from Code Entertainment and “Twittering from the Circus of the Dead” with Mandalay Pictures.
After writing “Buried,” the Ryan Reynolds thriller, Chris Sparling lent his pen to David Brooks’ “ATM” and still has two more projects in development. “Falling Slowly” where he will direct Mandy Moore and the M. Night Shyamalan produced “Reincarnate.”
Cory Goodman wrote “Priest” which starred Paul Bettany and currently has five more projects in development. In pre-production are “Lore” with Dwayne Johnson and “The Last Witch Hunter” with Vin Diesel. He also wrote “Blackpine,” “The Brood” which is being directed by Breck Eisner, and the Bill Paxton helmed “Kung Fu.”
Eli Jorne & Reed Agnew are currently writers on F/X’s “Wilfred” and have an additional three projects in development. “Raindrops All Around Me” is being produced by Red Hour Films, Jeremy Garelick is directing “Hassle Man,” and “Must Hire” is a TV film in pre-production.
In 2011 Eric Heisserer wrote both “The Thing” and “Final Destination 5.” After that he wrote and directed “Hours” with Paul Walker and currently has four projects in development. “Seized” is a Lonetree Entertainment production, “Story of Your Life” has 21 Laps Productions behind it, “Bird Box” is being directed by AndrÃ©s Muschietti, and “Inhuman” will be coming from Hideon Productions.
After writing for Fox’s TV show “Chase,” Erik Mountain is now a story editor and writer on the hit CBS show “Person of Interest.”
After writing “Snow White and The Huntsman” Evan Daugherty also wrote this year’s “Killing Season” with Robert Di Niro and John Travolta. He currently has both Neil Burger’s “Divergent” and the new “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movies in post-production as well as “G.I. Joe 3” in development.
John Hlavin wrote “Underworld: Awakening” in 2012 and has another five projects still in development. They include an “Untitled Project” being produced by Film Rites, “The Gunslinger” being made with New Regency Pictures, the Hasbro game inspired “Risk”, an adaptation of the graphic novel “Alibi”, and “The Janson Directive” based on the Robert Ludlum book.
Jonathan Tropper is a writer and EP on the Cinemax series “Banshee” and has the Shawn Levy directed “This is Where I Leave You” currently in production. He also wrote “Harvey” for Peter Segal to direct which is currently in pre-production. He has also written an adaptation of his own book “One Last Thing Before I Go” as well as an “Untitled Kodachrome Project” which will be another directing vehicle for Shawn Levy.
Matt Cook has seven projects in various stages of development. In pre-production he has written “Triple Nine” for John Hillcoat to direct. He is working on a pitch, “Breaker” for Hutch Parker Entertainment and is set to produce, write and direct “Matterhorn” for Thunder Road Pictures. His script “Button Man: The Killing Game” has Nicolas Winding Refn signed on to direct and “By Way of Helena” will be helmed by Kieran Darcy-Smith. In addition he has written an “Untitled Heist Project” being produced by Hutch Parker Entertainment and “Three Seconds” for New Regency.
Max Borenstein wrote “Seventh Son” which will be out later this year as well as the remake of “Godzilla” for Gareth Edwards. His three other projects in development are, “Paladin” being produced by Disney, “Mona” being made by Groundswell Productions, and “Art of the Steal” which has Zac Efron attached to star.
After writing “Chronicle” Max Landis has gotten his chance to write and director with “Me Him Her.” As a writer he has two projects in pre-production, “Frankenstein” being directed by Paul McGuigan and “Good Time Gang” starring Mark Wahlberg and Jonah Hill. In addition to those two in pre-production he has seven more projects in development. He has written an “Untitled Project” for Panay Films, “Pied Piper” for Davis Entertainment, and “Mr. Right” for Circle of Confusion. Ron Howard will be directing his other script, “Amnesty” and Landis is also producing “Woogles” for Bazelevs Production.
Oren Uziel wrote “Kitchen Sink,” which finally made its way to Sony for production. He now has nine other projects that are still in development. He is currently writing the sequel to “21 Jump Street,” “22 Jump Street.” In addition, he wrote “God Particle” which is being produced by J.J. Abram’s company Bad Robot, “Forgotten” an adaptation of the book by Cat Patrick, “Just Another Love Story” which will be directed by Marc Webb and produced by Sam Raimi, “Men in Black 4,” and “Mortal Kombat.”
Roberto Patino wrote for the NBC drama “Prime Suspect” and was a staff writer on the F/X original, “Sons of Anarachy.” Filming right now is his script, “Cut Bank” being directed by Matt Shakman and starring Liam Hemsworth,
John Malkovich and Billy Bob Thornton.
And last but not least, Travis Beacham wrote this year’s “Pacific Rim” and has four more projects in development including “Pacific Rim 2.” He also wrote “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea: Captain Nemo” which is being produced by Ridley Scott, “A Killing on Carnival Row” with Tarsem Singh signed on to direct, and the Joseph Kosinski helmed “The Black Hole.”
These writers are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the successes found on the 2011 Young & Hungry List. Be sure to tune in tomorrow when we release the new Young & Hungry List for your chance to find out who are the hottest writers of 2013.