We’re thrilled to announce that tomorrow, Friday, November 6th, we will be releasing the 2015 Young & Hungry List, comprised of the 100 best up-and-coming writers in the business, as voted on by industry professionals.
This week, we’ve been taking a look back at the writers who made past Young & Hungry Lists–where they were and where they are today. Now only a day away from the release of this year’s Young & Hungry List, we wanted to recognize one more group of writers: those who made the list just one year ago. Their achievements are testaments to the hard work and dedication with which these ambitious talents continue to push themselves towards success.
HERE ARE A FEW STAND-OUT HONOREES FROM THE 2014 YOUNG & HUNGRY LIST
Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski landed on the list last year with their scripts Stephanie, Underground and Super Dark Times, and they’ve gone on to make a big splash in Hollywood. Stephanie was acquired by Blumhouse and quickly went into production with legendary producer Akiva Goldsman as director. Underground, which the team scripted for Luc Besson based on one of his ideas, is in development at EuropCorps, while they’re also working on a top secret horror project with Dark Knight scribe David Goyer.
Ben Lustig and Jake Thornton’s scripts Winter’s Knight and Ghost earned them a spot on last year’s list. Inspired by the L. Frank Baum book, Winter’s Knight is the story of how Santa Claus came to be, and is actively in development at Sony. Their action sci-fi script, The Wells Initiative, which explores the adventures of a young H.G. Wells before he wrote his well-known sci-fi stories is in development with Trigger Street’s Dana Brunetti.
Bryan Cogman, despite being a writer and co-producer on Game of Thrones, managed to find time to write a feature adaptation of Magic: The Gathering. Magic is currently in development, and Cogman has been announced as the writer for the upcoming live action Sword and the Stone feature. As if that weren’t enough, Game of Thrones–at long last–received this year’s Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series.
David O’Leary wrote a trio of magnificent sci-fi scripts which landed him on the list. Two of those scripts, Missing Time and Disappearance, are currently in development. He’s also serving as an associate producer on the Realm Film production, Parallel.
Gary Graham‘s A Garden at the End of the World turned heads, enough so that shortly after making the list, Graham landed a job writing the reboot of the Will Smith blockbuster I Am Legend. Most recently, it was announced that Graham would officially be adapting the Philip Reeve sci-fi novel Rail Head, to be produced and directed by Edge of Tomorrow‘s Doug Liman.
Jac Shaeffer stormed onto the Young & Hungry list with her comedies The Shower, Soul Mates and TiMER. TiMER is available for viewing on Netflix and The Shower was picked up by Andrew Lauren Productions, with Anne Hathaway set as both producer and star.
Jeff Lock, who landed on the list with two scripts, has seen both of them move forward into the development process. Our Thing was optioned by Carousel Productions, where Steve Carell and Rodney Rothman have attached Max Winkler to direct, while Beef is in pre-production with Marquee Entertainment.
Josh Golden, whose biography of Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum, Road To Oz, became one of the most buzzed-about scripts in Hollywood last year, sold to New Line. It is currently in development at Flynn Picture Company, with Eddie Redmayne attached to star as Baum.
Kristina Lauren Anderson made the list with her incredible period biopic Catherine the Great and Invisibility. The former is in development with Gil Netter, the latter with Warner Bros. Anderson was recently hired to write The Black Count, the latest project from Beast of No Nation director Cary Fukunaga, being produced by Michael De Luca.
Catfish director Max Joseph made the list with the coming-of-age script We Are Your Friends, his script that he went on to direct. The movie, centered around EDM culture, stars Zac Efron and Wes Bentley. It was released this summer.
Mike Vukadinovich landed on the Young & Hungry list with some big name projects, including Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, which is now in development at Disney, The Three Misfortunes of Gepetto which is being developed by Shawn Levy, and The Secret Ingredients of Rocket Cola, in the works with Escape Artists. Vukadinovich has also been brought on to write the feature film Garbage Pail Kids.
Richard Hobley has had quite a year since landing on the Young & Hungry in 2014. His scripts Raven Court, Limerence, Slumber and The Lighthouse have all gone into development. He sold a pilot to Dimension, and just last month, Juan Martinez Moreno was brought on to helm Hobley’s script All The Night’s Tide. Most recently, Kristen Connolly landed the lead role in Slumber, being produced by Goldcrest Films.
These are just a few of the remarkable success stories from the 2014 Young & Hungry List writers. The 2015 Young & Hungry List drops TOMORROW! Soon we’ll have another 100 rising stars to track as they rocket towards success!
Missed the 2011, 2012, or 2013 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