“Highlander” scripter Peter Bellwood and “Pale Rider” screenwriter Dennis R. Shryack have teamed for a series of scripts that will begin to hit the auction block in January.
The Agency’s literary agent Nick Mechanic will represent the Bellwood/Shryack partnership in all fields. Agency chairman and owner Jerome Zeitman said, “We’re working very hard to really build up important and quality feature writers. With Disney, Savoy, MGM and UA and the other studios (ramping up development), there is such a need for material. We want to be positioned to serve their needs.”
On the front burner is an adaptation of George LaFountaine’s novel “The Doctor and the Dragon Lady,” about a cop at the end of his career who becomes involved with an American Civil Liberties Union attorney when she’s targeted by a serial killer.
Bellwood and Shryack are currently pitching it to the studios.
Mechanic said the team will get its biggest push from the Agency in June, when Bellwood and Shryack plan to go out to the studios with an action script about espionage in a futuristic world.
In February, Mechanic said, he plans to shop their comedy “Gorillas,” about a pair of discredited Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents “slumming as bodyguards to protect a beautiful woman whose testimony before a Senate committee will bring down her powerful dealer/lover.” Producer Butch Fries is attached.
Another screenplay that has just gone out to buyers is “The Killing Seed,” described as a monster movie about “the aftermath of toxic waste dumping with horrific consequences.”
Bellwood was a longtime collaborator of Larry Ferguson, while Shryack partnered with Michael K. Blodgett on such pix as “Turner & Hooch” before pacting with Bellwood.
Prior to signing with the Agency, Bellwood was represented by Candice Lake of the Candice Lake Agency.
Shryack was represented by Harold Greene at the Harold R. Greene Agency.