James B. Brandt is currently working on commissioned scripts for Radiant Century Productions (THE MILLER PREDICTION, scheduled to begin production in April) and Ignite Productions/TX (DARK LEGACY scheduled for late summer or early fall). He just signed on to co-produce THE MILLER PREDICTION.
His recently completed scripts include: A NIGHT OF LIGHTS (romantic comedy), BEYOND SUSPICION (Psychological Drama, option to Gibraltar Pacific expired), DEATH COMES WITH THE THUNDER (action, Semi Finalist in the ScreenCraft and Final Draft scriptwriting contests and Quarter Finalist in the Creative World Awards), CARROT (a romantic comedy, option with Gibraltar Pacific Productions is expired, now under development with another client), THERE ARE NO COWS IN HONG KONG (an action/comedy - option with Gibraltar Pacific expired), RIVER RUN (horror, option with Lapdog Entertainment and Off the Field now expired), SNAKE DANCE (horror, option with Lapdog Entertainment and Off the Field now expired), and WINNER TAKE ALL (action/horror, option with Reflection Studios LLC is expired), and THE BITTER FRUIT (revenge).
Also, since New Year's 2012, he has completed two novels: THE TOY MAKER and A SENSE OF DUTY. He is novelizing an earlier screenplay, THE MAN FROM THE SHADOWS. Gibraltar Pacific requested TV series versions of BEYOND SUSPICION and WINNER TAKES ALL. Those were developed and placed in circulation as THE UNKNOWN KILLER and THE GODDESS, both optioned by Lapdog Productions. Reception of these and other products has been good, Gibraltar Pacific reports: "James' work is being accepted at a very high level and is generating a great deal of interest among the upper levels of the different networks. So the more of James' that I can bring to them I am sure the more networks will be adding his shows to their line-up. The responses I have been receiving is that his work is excellent, in some cases it just doesn't fit in their current line-up but they want to see more."
His first novel, OUTPOST SEVEN, was published in 2001. However, his professional writing career goes back much farther. He began with short stories and essays but had his first job as a copywriter for an ad agency. DREAMS AND OTHER THINGS, a stage play, was produced by Ohio State University's Dramatics, Inc. and selected to be taped and rebroadcast by the school's telecommunications service during his sophomore college year.
He was hired by Film Ventures International to pen a film that had already been cast, was in development, and was suddenly without a viable script. That became WHATEVER IT TAKES. He also completed ANCIENT MY ENEMY, based on Gordon R Dickson's novella for Kacharo and Grad Productions, R.A.T...S [RETIRED ACTORS OF TEXAS... SANATORIUM] (Comedy) for Texas and Arizona Productions - option expired - and THE MISSING KEYS, from William Dear's novel, all on assignment. He sold options on seven other screen plays to three different production companies. DR WHO IN AMERICA, a documentary he co-wrote and co-produced, was bought for worldwide rights by the BBC after a year's run on PBS regional networks.
James subsequently worked on development of WARRIORS OF VIRTUE (MGM) which let do him connecting with Lang Elliot, former CEO of Tri-Star Pictures, and Hugh Kelley, who expressed an interest in his sci-fi/buddy film MINOR CRIMES. Elliot and Kelley were responsible for the successful production of CAGED and CAGED II. Steven de Sousa hired him as a staff writer on CADILLACS AND DINOSAURS, though the series was cancelled after the first episode was broadcast.
Additional writing credits include seven years as Technical Editor for Government Video Magazine, two years as Managing Editor and Editor-n-Chief for Sight and Sound Magazine and one year as Editor-n-Chief of Texas Film and Video News. He teaches part time for a community college in their video production program.
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R.A.T...S. (Retired Actors of Texas) Comedy A devious Green Energy producer wants to take over Prof. Harold Hill's Actor's Rest Home for a wind farm. A group of actors who are living out their favorite parts (The Lone Ranger, Sherlock Homes, Princess Leah, The Mayor of Munchkin and so on) accidentally rob a bank while trying to raise the funds to buy up the mortgage. It goes crazy from there.
There Are No Cows in Hong Kong Action ⋄ Adventure ⋄ Crime Cop Action - that is detailed below. A Texas Ranger goes to Hong Kong to visit his brother and gets caught up in an organized crime plot to kidnap the brother and to pry out the secret of a new technology he has developed for a Chinese company. Suddenly, a Texas cowboy finds himself knee deep in critters and not a cow in sight.
CARROT (formerly I Married a Bitch) Action ⋄ Comedy ⋄ Family ⋄ Fantasy ⋄ Horror ⋄ Romance When a person is bitten by a werewolf and lives he turns into a werewolf on the full moon. But when a dog is bitten by a werewolf and lives, it is nonstop laugh. Carrot becomes a people just in time to save her family from a schemer who makes Cruella DeVille in 101 Dalmatians seem tame.
Vault of Power Action ⋄ Adventure ⋄ Fantasy Sword and Sorcery - The captain of the King's Guard sets out with an unlikely band to uncover a sorcerer's plot to unleash the power of the ancients.
The ToyMaker A divorced writer becomes intrigued by a toy he purchased for his son and seeks to do an article on the Toy Maker. He steps into nightmare when he crosses a group of aliens on the same quest. Unexpected ending. The novel was finished this past February.
minor crimes Action ⋄ Adventure ⋄ Crime ⋄ Sci-fi Two LA cops in the New Republic of California stumble into a smuggling ring and are saved by a street urchin they befriended. According to Lang Elliot, formerly with Tri-Star, this is a relationship film using martial arts and a futuristic setting for the backdrop.
Winner Takes All Horror ⋄ Sci-fi ⋄ Thriller Hazelton has entered into an agreement with an Egyptian Snake Goddess to help eliminate people who are sources of chaos in exchange for her help in killing some high-profile, politically-connected thugs who ruined his father. When he asks her to take out the White House Chief of Staff, her price is stiff... but the virgin she adds to the mix just might be too much for Hazelton to handle/
Whatever It Takes Action ⋄ Adventure ⋄ Crime ⋄ Drama A group of construction workers set out to rescue the boss' son when his cargo plane is hijacked to be used in a drug smuggling operation. Ensemble cast.
Outpost Seven A spoiled aristocrat must learn to govern his father's barony during an intergalactic war - and finds love on the edge of the Empire. The novel was released in 2001 http://bookstore.iuniverse.com/Products/SKU-000011370/Outpost-Seven.aspx
River Run Horror ⋄ Sci-fi ⋄ Thriller When a couple of college students wander away from their field trip group and venture into a area they were told was taboo by the local tribal leaders, they unwittingly wake up the Guardians... who are determined that the Secret of the Tablets remains hidden and they methodically attempt to ensure none of the kids will reach safety alive.
DEATH COMES WITH THE THUNDER Action ⋄ Adventure ⋄ Crime Islamic terrorist cells have united and are supplied by ex-IRA members. THOMAS BRADY, a notorious IRA enforcer now working for Britain's Special Branch, is tasked to find the force behind the violence. He is too well-known among the IRA so he enlists the help of his goddaughter, MEGAN AIDEEN... a woman who hates him.
The Bitter Fruit Action ⋄ Crime ⋄ Drama ⋄ Thriller CRISTINE MARBELLA, a mixed Filipina/American student living with her half-sister while in college, is brutally gang-raped. Terrified that the boys will keep their promise to repeat the assault, afraid to talk to the police, ashamed of herself, she decides to eliminate the threat - decisively.
THE MILLER PREDICTION
Film by Radiant Century Productions Screenwriter, co-producer
THE DUKANE FORMULA
Film by Ignite Productions and Entertainment/TX Screenwriter
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