January 14, 2013 · 8:00 PM
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Logline: A man begins an investigation into his wife’s mysterious death only to find that it goes much deeper than he imagined. (Psychological Thriller)
Review "THE DISCIPLE PROGRAM" by Tyler Marceca.
A little more background (courtesy of De Luca):
Here's my take: Former Chicago tennis instructor Christopher Eads aka Carson Reeves of the web site Script Shadow was paid between 600 and 1,500 dollars for a script coverage by Brooklyn screenwriter Tyler Marceca. Eads loved the script, a psychological thriller, in the tradition of "The Manchurian Candidate". The script had originated as part of "The Writers Store Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest", with a logline supplied by "Taken"/"The Karate Kid" screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen. Eads went gaga over the script and passed it around to industry pals. This led to a bidding frenzy, which resulted in Marceca being signed by WME, who packaged the script with Mark Wahlberg and producing partner Steve Levinson. Set up at Universal, Morten Tyldum, director of the Norwegian thriller "Headhunters", is now attached. Eads, despite no prior experience, is now looking to branch out into producing, with his newest "discovery", spec script "300 Years". Said "Big Fish" screenwriter John August in a NY Times profile on Eads: “If you talk to any screenwriter, you’ll find a different way of how they got into the business. It’s when a person is trying to be both a script consultant and a producer that I find it questionable.” "The Disciple Program" is no doubt a true Cinderella story. As for Script Shadow, caveat emptor. Hope this helps, Mike.
Note: This is our second (with the first being the review of "Oblivion" in November) in a series of meetings reviewing professional scripts. It's so important for us as screenwriters to read final drafts of pro scripts from different areas of the film industry. HOTTEST SPEC of 2012! Written 10 pages at a time for a Writer’s Store contest. Promoted by Script Shadow then sold in under a week.
Talk about The Craft / The Business. Drinks. Download the SCRIPT from our "FILES" section the week before our meeting. Members who bring written reviews go first. :)