Hailing from Atlanta, GA, Wyatt Wakeman has lived and learned all over the world, including Japan, London, and Australia. A graduate of USC’s Undergraduate Professional Writer’s Program, Wyatt studied under literary fountainhead T. C. Boyle. While there, he won the GRAND PRIZE in the Edward W. Moses Undergraduate Creative Writing Competition.
Wyatt’s script BORDERLAND (retitled BADLAND) won the GRAND PRIZE in FINAL DRAFT MAGAZINE’S BIG BREAK International Screenwriting Competition. Wyatt is also the only writer in the history of any of the big “Top Five” screenplay contests to have not one, but two of his screenplays place in the Top Ten in the same contest year – as his script MINUS MEN was also a FINALIST the same year BORDERLAND won. Wyatt’s more recent script RECKONING DAY was also a FINALIST in THE PAGE AWARDS International Screenwriting Competition.
Wyatt's high-concept screenplays — RETROSPECT, RECKONING DAY, KALEIDOSCOPE EYES, BEING A SERIES OF CALAMITIES WEST OF HERE, MINUS MEN and BADLAND to name a few — explore the pursuit of truth, reconciliation of the past, while melding genres when possible. He’s a sucker for truly unique characters in even more unique circumstances.
MINUS MEN Budget: $30M+ | Sci-fi A future soldier and a spy who hate one another must join forces to stop terrorists who travel back in time to assassinate president Abraham Lincoln – all in a cunning attempt to ensure the Civil War torn North and South never become the United States.
BADLAND (previously BORDERLAND) Budget: $1M - $5M | Crime When the F.B.I.’s top agent is sent to probe into a drug trafficking murder along the U.S.-Mexico border, the small border town he suspects of foul play discovers his deepest, darkest secret — jeopardizing the investigation, his career, and his life.
RETROSPECT Budget: $1M - $5M | Crime A career criminal who wakes from a coma soon has three very different memories of a heist gone terribly wrong — one where he’s a hero, one where he’s a coward, and one where he’s a psychopath.
RECKONING DAY Budget: $1M - $5M | Horror ⋄ Thriller During a Reckoning, families of capital murder victims are granted the right to have the guilty delivered to their home, where they can legally do what they will with them – including execute them – over a twenty-four hour period. One family’s Reckoning spirals out of control when a member begins to doubt their prisoner actually murdered their loved one.
GRAND PRIZE in the Edward W. Moses Undergraduate Creative Writing Competition
GRAND PRIZE in Final Draft Magazine’s Big Break International Screenwriting Competition
FINALIST in The Page Awards
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