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10 scribes to watch

From Paris to the Hollywood Hills, these talents tout the write stuff

Continuing our series on creatives that was inaugurated with the “New Directors” focus in Daily Variety’s 1997 Sundance Film Fest special report (Daily Variety, Jan. 15, 1997), Variety spotlights 10 emerging screenwriters, each with a unique story to tell, each with a distinct approach to the craft, each at varying stages in their career.

While all of these scribes have gained the respect of colleagues within the inner circles of the biz — talent agents, development execs, trade reporters in the know — most have yet to receive the breakthrough recognition that can be the difference between toiling in anonymity and being a key player.

Selected by Variety’s team of film reporters, critics and correspondents both in the U.S. and abroad, and the editors of Special Reports, our 10 Screenwriters to Watch hail from such disparate locales as Northern Ireland and Montana, range in ages from twentysomething to fiftysomething, and may have no produced credits or a handful of hits. The one thing they have in common is a gift for storytelling and the ability to inspire decisionmakers to realize their vision. As first in the creative food chain, their talents are indispensable.

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