8 posts tagged movie development slate
8 posts tagged movie development slate
A disgraced young cop is kidnapped by his civilian ride-along, who turns out to be a ruthless killer with a diabolical plan.
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Following the heels of the option announcement of Tiger, Tiger, Chico Grande has been added to the Amazon Studios movie development slate. Chico Grande is the amalgamation of three different generations growing up in Mexico and the struggle of a child’s identity.
More about the project:
Creator: Jesus “Jesse” Celaya
Series Concept/Logline: A young boy in 1960’s Mexico struggles with his own identity while obsessing over the original B&W serial of The Lone Ranger.
Why We Optioned It: It’s an inspired and original coming of age story with a ton of heart, great characters and a strong message about what it means to be a hero.
From the Creator: “Chico Grande is an amalgamation of a three different childhoods: my Grandfather’s, my Father’s and my own. Growing up in Mexico, I used to listen to the old-timers tell stories about when they were young. A few of them stuck out and have become the story we now share.”
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Inspiration can come from anywhere. For James Abrams, writer of Dreamcatchers, the latest movie project added to the Amazon Studios development slate, it came from a series of nightmares he experienced while sick with the H1N1 flu virus.
The unrelenting visions James experienced during his illness made him think about what would happen if nightmares crossed over into the real world. He started to explore the concept and wrote what became Dreamcatchers – the story of an insomniac security guard who must help stop the worst nightmares from destroying our world.
A lifelong fan of comic books, James attended art school and later went on to produce and write a comic of his own called Archaic, which was independently published by Fenickx Productions in 2005. Soon after, he caught the screenwriting bug, starting out with more violent, action-oriented scripts which he describes as “something that Bruce Willis could be in.”
We spoke to James about his dreams, his script and what made him switch to more family-friendly material.
Tell us about the story of Dreamcatchers.
James: The story is about this secret organization that captures nightmares and takes them into the real world. Our protagonist is a guy named Nick, who had one of these nightmares when he was very young and it has made him into an insomniac. He works as a night watchman and during the day he’s a computer tech, and eventually he gets involved with the Dreamcatchers who recruit him. Because of his insomnia, he is able to understand the nightmare’s powers.
Leo’s thirst to avenge his brother’s death leads him on an intense journey. Watch the story unfold in the new storyboard for Animal Heads, a project on the Amazon Studios Development Slate.
The storyboard was drawn by Rob Nix, and embraces the comic aesthetic — building tension, playing with time, and driving the story forward with powerful images. We’d love to know what you think of it.
Animal Heads was written by Alexis Piza and submitted via Amazon Studios’ open door process. Learn more about how to submit your script.
See additional storyboards created by Amazon Studios for development slate projects.
This gang’s real battleground is the streets of Los Angeles. But their skills are being honed in Iraq by the U.S. Army — unless someone can find a way to stop them. That’s the story of Soldier Boys, the latest movie added to Amazon Studios Development Slate.
The script was written by Simon Paniora, who said he got the idea after seeing a TV show about the potential dangers of the military unknowingly providing gang members with weapons and tactical training. “It immediately struck me as a great concept for an action/thriller. So much so, that I was surprised that it hadn’t been turned into a film already.” He also drew inspiration from the gritty urban action of Training Day.
Paniora, who is based in New Zealand, has been writing for 10 years and sold a short film in 2011. This is his first feature option.
Details on the project:
Writer: Simon Paniora
Logline: An FBI agent joins the Army, and the war in Iraq, to stop a dangerous L.A. street gang hidden inside its ranks from secretly training for a new war back home.
Why we optioned it: This action/thriller delivers an incredible, compelling and gritty concept that is ripe for the big screen.
Learn more about how to submit your own ideas via Amazon Studios’ open door process.
“The great thing about Amazon Studios, is that for a writer, they let you know where you stand,” Paniora said. “Your script has been read. … It’s all very clear. … You know exactly what could happen financially and hopefully professionally with your project moving forward.”
- Stephanie Reid-Simons