SCREENPLAYS
 
"8-RIVERS"
Synopsis:
Celebrity chef, Lee Kelly and his girlfriend, Gloria, set sail for a exotic vacation in Ocho Rios, Jamaica - but thrills and chills ensue as they fall foul of a manipulative, dangerous islander called Chino.
Comments:
A classic thriller in the vein of DEAD CALM. It was my aim to crank-up the thrills like REBECCA - or other vintage Hitchcock.
"VISITING WICHITA"
Synopsis:
Visiting Wichita is a romantic comedy set in the low-rent world of infomercials. It concerns Ben Carnahan and his nephew, Charlie, as they find love on a disastrous video shoot with a suicidal movie star.
Comments:
Somewhere between LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE and EXTRAS - this was inspired by my various brushes with out-of-control celebrities.
"LONG SHADOW "
Synopsis:
Loyola County Sheriff, Mal Richter, is afraid of the dark. Then on one cold night, he picks up a young woman and her son on the side of the highway... From there on in, Sheriff Richter is plunged into his worst nightmare, as all three are pursued by an evil force, recognized only by its long shadow...
Comments:
Jim Thompson's THE KILLER INSIDE ME meets Guillermo Del Toro's CRONOS...
 
"CHESSE & PICKER"
Synopsis:
A disgraced British TV journalist travels to Malibu, CA, in his quest to complete a documentary about the U.K.'s best loved comedy duo - Chesse and Picker - who are somehwere between Martin & Lewis or Sonny & Cher. But dark comedy strikes as the journalist is sucked into a plot that concerning murder, mayhem and a French poodle.
Comments:
Chesse & Picker began life as a radio play that I wrote with David Townsend. It was originally taped starring Stephen Lewis (aka Blakey from ON THE BUSES) and Harry Towb (from Z-Cars). Townsend and myself have expanded and updated the concept for the screen.
 
"TRIP CITY"
Synopsis:
A nightclub promoter returns to town and is thrown into an insidious world of designer drugs, psychosis and murder. Filled with mind-bending hallucinogenic moments, Trip City veers into the realm of ‘Alphaville’ and neo-noir of the French new wave..
Comments:
The current screen adaptation of my debut novel (version 5 if we're counting) is set in a semi-futuristic locale. I call it the neo-Alphaville version. Could be Paris, London or New York. This blurring of national boundaries really gives the screenplay a sparse, modern and sexy feel.
-- 2007 UPDATE --
There is talk of shooting this project in Manchester, England - with involvement from Northwest Vision and Threshold Studios.
 
"CAGED"
Synopsis:
Part buddy movie, and part mixed-martial-arts fighting adventure, Caged is a new breed of action movie. It's rooted in the culture of now. A real world story of hope and redemption, set against the backdrop of pay-per-view fighting tournaments. This is 'Fast and the Furious' with the gloves off. This is the story of Nelson ‘Solo’ Reed who claws his way up the cage-fighting ranks, and faces-off against a drug kingpin.
Comments:
I know. I know. Karate Kid meets UFC. Still, Bernie Morris was pretty convincing when he talked me into writing this one. Phrases like ‘slam dunk,’ and ‘commercial hit’ were bandied around. UFC is bigger than ever. And the truth is, the research about this subculture itself really interested me. In some ways it reminded me of British soccer – in terms of the MMA fans, at least.
The script itself has action and humor. I wrote the supporting lead for Mickey Rourke - a personal conceit - I realize.
-- 2007 UPDATE --
Bernie Morris and myself are about to begin packaging this project with Rob Schmidt as Director.

 

"STARK"
Synopsis:
Stark is a shadow, a voyeur, a divorce court Investigator. By night he prowls the faceless streets of Los Angeles, photographing a myriad of cheating couples – their panorama of illicit sexual acts...
But Stark has reached a crisis point, crippled by loneliness and alienation, he falls for one of his clients – a jilted wife called Karen Cole. After a long pursuit, Stark tracks Karen’s husband ,Frank, to the dimly lit edges of high desert, in Palmdale. But instead of some illicit meeting, Stark finds himself photographing Frank Cole burying a body in the cold sand…
From that moment Stark is plunged into a world replete with murder, deceit, and corruption. Maybe Stark can find redemption in saving Karen Cole, or perhaps by unraveling the identity of the unknown corpse. But to do any of that Stark needs to stay alive till daybreak...
Comments:
Stark has existed in numerous incarnations. Basically this was my homage Chinatown - blended with the solitary angst of Taxi Driver. I named the character Stark, after Richard Stark, the sometimes pen-name of Donald E. Westlake - who wrote the Parker novels. I most remember Parker as embodied by Lee Marvin in POINT BLANK... That's where I was trying to go with this...

 

"TWIST"
Synopsis:
COMING SOON...
Comments:
COMING SOON...

 

"INTO THE SUN"
Synopsis:
When a government official is killed, an American agent with experience in Yakuza culture is brought into investigate.
Directed by: Mink • Starring: Steven Seagal, William Atherton, Chiaki Kuriyama, Matt Davis and Juliette Marquis.
Comments:
As laughable as this might sound, it was fun to research Japanese culture and Yakuza tradition. Even Seagal was extremely pleasant to work with. But most of what was on the page never made it to the screen.
 
"OUT OF REACH"
Synopsis:
Billy Ray Lancing, a former covert agent, discovers that the foster program he is using to help a young girl is actually a human trafficking network.
Directed by: Po-Chih Leong • Starring: Steven Seagal, Matt Schulze, Robbie Gee, Agnieszka Wagner and Nick Brimble.
Comments:
The film itself looks very stylish - but a bunch of the script was cut, and a sound-a-like ADRs Seagal's voice. The result is somewhere between "The Ipcress File" and "Plan 9 From Outer Space."
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