CJ Hatch

CJ Hatch

Author, Screenwriter, Actor and Voice Actor

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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February 2021
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About CJ

CJ branched out into the long-form literary world with the publication of HURRICANE RON: A Novel (a 2015 Crime Fiction Lover "Ten to Taste"), for which he was approached to adapt into a screenplay as a vehicle for a well-known actor. That endeavor is now in Coverfly’s top 10%, and is a 15th Annual StoryPros International Screenplay Contest semifinalist and a Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition quarterfinalist.

CJ also collaborated with a longtime friend and co-writer on the feature-length absurdist comedy "Cecil's Woods" about an orphan living amongst unique animals on a densely wooded highway median, which made it to the finals of the 14th Annual StoryPro Screenplay competition, and is a Filmmatic & Scriptation 2021 quarterfinalist. WeScreenplay: called it, "…insanely odd, yet intensely entertaining…”

CJ's writing style and subject matter can be credited to growing up the distant youngest of six in a constantly moving and evolving military family. Changing geography and family dynamics led to CJ observing life at a distance where it he found it more interesting to make up the life stories of strangers than it was to actively engage with them. A career in the military and in the public relations field ultimately thrust CJ face first into the real lives of real people, which expanded his outlook and reignited his love of writing.

CJ likes gritty and diverse worlds where kids behave like adults and adults act like kids. He loves protagonists who are their own worst enemies. He is looking for opportunities to sell/produce spec scripts and hire out to work on comedy, drama and action TV & Film productions.

Loglines

  • Cecil's Woods

    Cecil's Woods Budget: $1M - $5M | Comedy When plans for a gas station threaten his home, a young boy living in harmony with nature must unite his unique animal friends and a struggling small town to save "Cecil's Woods." Moonrise Kingdom meets Holes with a dash of The Jungle Book.

  • Gang of One: Hurricane Ron

    Gang of One: Hurricane Ron Budget: $1M - $5M | Action Based on the author's 2015 crime thriller novel Hurricane Ron: A temper tantrum turns deadly, putting Special Forces vet Ron McKee on a rib-rattling run through the backwoods of Alabama aboard his prized Harley where he runs afoul of "Thor's Hammer," a biker gang using skills learned during the “Global War on Terror” to run a criminal empire.

  • Gang of One: Dead Eye

    Gang of One: Dead Eye Budget: $100K - $1M | Thriller Action Based on a character arc from the 2015 crime thriller Hurricane Ron and a part of the Gang of One series of screenplays in which individuals make a stand against the Thor's Hammer outlaw motorcycle gang: A combat-tested Marine sniper exacts revenge on the members the gang who are responsible for the death of his pregnant girlfriend.

  • Fire at the Four Strong Winds

    Fire at the Four Strong Winds Budget: $0 - $100K | Independent Drama Over the course of one night, the romance between a BIPOC transgender teen and the brother of a local sports hero develops while their cultures clash violently in what is supposed to be a safe space for a small, conservative town’s rebellious youth. Think “Where the Day Takes You” meets “Suburbia” and “The Outsiders.”

Awards

  • Quarterfinalist - Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition 2021-2022 - Hurricane Ron
    (2022)

  • Quarterfinalist, WeScreenplay Feature Contest - Hurricane Ron
    (2022)

  • Semifinalist, Santa Barbara International Screenplay Awards - Hurricane Ron
    (2022)

  • Quarterfinalist, Santa Barbara International Screenplay Awards - Cecil's Woods
    (2022)

  • Semifinalist, Sidewalk Film Festival - Cecil's Woods
    (2022)

  • Quarterfinalist, New York International Screenplay Awards - Cecil's Woods
    (2022)

  • Finalist - StoryPros Awards (14th Annual) - Comedy Category - Cecil's Woods
    (2021)

  • Filmmatic Feature quarterfinalist - Cecil's Woods
    (2021)

  • Scriptation 2021 quarterfinalist - Cecil's Woods
    (2021)

  • StoryPros 15th Annual International Screenplay Semifinalist - Gang of One: Hurricane Ron
    (2021)

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