Richard Willett was born in Hollywood but grew up in Vancouver, Canada. He spent several years as a playwright in New York City before recently returning to Los Angeles. His screenplay THE FLID SHOW was a semifinalist in the 2013 Nicholl Fellowships competition (top 50 out of more than 7,000 scripts) and has been optioned twice, and his screenplay 9/10 was a Nicholl semifinalist in 2011 (top 30 out of almost 7,000 scripts) and an Austin Film Festival semifinalist in 2010. It is currently in development (see ). He is currently working for producer Yolanda Parks of Kamali Films writing a script based on a true story she has life rights to. He has also been a Nicholl quarterfinalist (2014) and has second-rounded in Austin eleven times. His stage plays have been presented off-off-Broadway and at theaters across the country. Other honors include an Edward F. Albee Foundation Fellowship; a Tennessee Williams Scholarship; grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts (among others); designation as a finalist for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab; and showcasing with a featured screenplay in the IFP Market in New York. His plays TRIPTYCH, 2B, and THE FLID SHOW have all been published by United Stages. ?ref_=fn_nm_nm_1
MY BROTHER'S KILLER Budget: $1M - $5M | Thriller A criminal law student is assisting his profiler professor in a study of serial killers when a local murder spree ramps up and threatens to unearth long-buried memories of his own family's encounter with a killer.
THE NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME FAMILY Comedy They say gay parents will inevitably turn their kids gay, right? Well, Bert and Martin are about to go on national TV to prove them wrong. The only problem: All four of their kids appear to be gay.
WHICH WAY THE WIND Western A young widow in 1860s Colorado looking for a husband for herself and a new father for her traumatized son is presented with a choice when three very different brothers come to town to help out in the case of a local girl abducted by Indians and each pursues the young widow in his own way.
DESIGNATED DRINKER Comedy ⋄ Drama In this hour-long TV pilot, Annie, a tightly wrapped accountant with an empty nest and a husband losing interest, and her new best friend Brian, a gay N.Y. playwright forced back to L.A. to escort his wacko aging parents into oblivion, belly up in a legendary Hollywood bar with a colorful assortment of drinking buddies coping with their own deferred dreams and absurd new realities.
9/10 Drama Four interwoven stories set in the World Trade Center on the night before September 11, 2001.
THE FLID SHOW Drama A charismatic, belligerent English nightclub singer, born with flipper-like arms because his pregnant mother took the drug thalidomide, believes his deformity will keep him from ever finding love -- until he falls for a pretty young American doctor, with intimacy issues of her own, and must confront his own dark past in order to win her.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowships semifinalist 2013 (top 50) and 2011 (top 30); quarterfinalist 2014
Austin Film Festival semifinalist 2010 and ten-time second-rounder
Sundance Screenwriters Lab finalist
Edward F. Albee Foundation Fellowship
Tennessee Williams Scholarship