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About Jonathan

I write high concept horror, thriller and comedy scripts. My first script spent 2 years in development with Focus Features here in the UK. They decided to pass but I wasn't deterred as I'd learnt a lot about the craft of screenwriting, as well as how to take notes and adapt them into the work.

I started pitching various studios and producers via Virtual Pitchfest while writing more scripts. CREEDMORE was optioned by Causeway NY and taken to Cannes, the Berlin Film Festival and the AFM. The option expired and now I am pitching it again alongside my other scripts.

Grindhouse style, low to medium budgeted films are what I primarily write as those are the types of films I love to watch - and being a realist, are more likely to get made. However I have written an original big budget western action adventure and have 2 tentpole projects on the project list. One is a spectacular scifi movie, while the second is an OTT disaster-survival epic.

I was hired to write the scifi film THE RIFT which you can watch on my blog. Very proud to say this was my first paid gig as a screenwriter. The brief was: "a short scifi with horror elements, that could be a Roland Emmerich style flick." I think I hit it pretty well although I wrote it very tongue-in-cheek with lots of nods to my favourite genre movies. Still was a blast to write, and had a great time with Robert from Vantis Pictures.

I Tweet a lot and in my spare time paint toy soldiers and play tabletop wargames.

Loglines

  • Deadline

    Deadline Thriller When Joe Pittman's novel is turned into a Hollywood blockbuster he thinks his life is complete, but his world collapses when a series of gruesome murders take place. As close friends and colleagues are killed one by one in increasingly bizzare manners, Joe must look to the secrets of his past to save his future.

  • Bubble-Butt

    Bubble-Butt Horror When her town is besieged by flesh hungry mutants on Halloween, pregnant Bubble-Butt must battle through party goers turned flesh crazed mutants. Joined by bizarre characters such as Yummy-Mummy, Pirate Girl, Mean Old Bastard and Samurai Jane, armed only with a cricket bat and an attitude, Bubble-Butt must fight for her baby's survival against impossible odds.

  • Gunsmoke & Glory

    Gunsmoke & Glory Action Adventure Western When a lucrative train heist goes drastically wrong, Hoody 'Glory' Brown finds himself wanted by the law and the men who hired him. Hiding out in Dodge City was a mistake and soon, Hoody is on the run once again, this time with a girl and her fiancée as reluctant company. As they seek refuge in the abandoned mining town of Gunsmoke,and are attacked from all sides by Federal Marshall's and mercenary cowboys, it becomes apparent that something else lurks within the shadows of the town.

  • Thunderbirds Rise - Scriptment

    Thunderbirds Rise - Scriptment Action Adventure Family Fantasy When a personal disaster strikes the Tracey family, International Rescue is born. Utilising Geoff Tracey's many years of corporate engineering as well as his vast fortune, the surviving members of his family become the protectors of the world. But there are those determined to create chaos for their own evil ends, and so a fight between two polar opposites begins, a fight that only one may win, but many will lose.

  • The 9th Protocol - a short script

    The 9th Protocol - a short script Thriller When a trained assassin gets an unexpected knock at her door, the last thing she was expecting was the ex-boyfriend. After checking his story and realising he knows too much about her past, she is left with but one choice - she must carry out the 9th Protocol.

Credits

  • The Rift

    The Rift (2011)
    Film by Vantis Pictures / Robert Kouba screenwriter

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