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Psychological-thriller script Disorder, written by Zed Warren, is the winner of the inaugural ScriptShadow250 feature film screenplay competition, organizers announced Thursday.
The contest is a partnership by screenwriting website Scriptshadow and Grey Matter, the production banner run by producer Lawrence Grey (Section 6). As part of the win, the script was picked up by Grey, who will begin developing the feature project.
Disorder is a psychological thriller centered around a recluse who suffers from random episodes where he commits violent acts without remembering them. One day he’s forced to babysit a neighbor’s 8-year-old daughter for an afternoon, suffers an episode and awakes to find the girl has disappeared, a violent wreck in her wake. With himself as the only possible suspect, he must retrace his footsteps to find the girl.
The script rose to the top of almost 2,000 entries and the selection was overseen by Carson Reeves, ScriptShadow’s founder and author of popular screenwriting book Scriptshadow Secrets: 500 Screenwriting Secrets Hidden Inside 50 Great Movies. Grey also was involved in the selection process.
Runners-up in the contest were Bait by Samuel Boyer, Wheelman by Jeffrey Rush, Quickening by Jacob Albert and Miss Universe by Colin O’Brien.
“The primary purpose of the ScriptShadow250 was to find new voices with a commercial sensibility that might otherwise not have the ability to climb the steep barrier to entry within Hollywood,” said Grey. “Carson’s blog has an audience all over the world of young and hungry writers, and thus his website was the perfect vehicle to identify this emerging talent.”
Disorder now joins Grey Matter’s slate which includes the high-profile Section 6, the story of the origin of MI6, which has Joe Cornish on board to direct and Jack O’Connell attached to star; and an untitled action project to star Sylvester Stallone set up at STX. Grey Matter’s next movie is Lights Out, the New Line horror pic set to open July 22.
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