16 year old schoolboy pens script, attracts talent and funding
HONG KONG – A film scripted by a 16 year old Hong Kong schoolboy is expected to go into production this fall in the US.
“Senior Project,” a teen comedy written by Jeremy Lin Chong Rang, was picked up by Itsy Bitsy Film and Best Medicine Productions after an auction organized by producer-screenwriter Fabienne Wen (“White Frog”). Angel Gracia (“From Prada To Nada”) is attached to direct.
The script follows five teens with absolutely nothing in common who, in order to graduate, must rush to complete their year-long senior project in a single, crazy weekend.
The film is set up by Best Medicine as a private equity funded indie that will shoot in late summer or early fall in Los Angeles. “This is SAG modified low budget,” Best Medicine’s Paul Jensen told Variety.
“Jeremy Lin wrote the script in English. It felt like it was written about the kids in my high school that I grew up with in Philadelphia, so I was amazed when I learned it was written by a 16-yr-old from Hong Kong,” said Jensen.
“My mom, Fabienne Wen of Itsy Bitsy, first found the screenplay and was immediately attracted to the script’s authentic voice and realistic portrayal of school life. Lin’s script deftly touches on universal themes that make the film relate-able not only to teens in Hong Kong, but audiences around the world,” said actress-producer-writer Ellie Wen (“White Frog”.)
Lin (pictured) was recently in Los Angeles as the process of casting “Senior Project” got underway.
In addition to pitching it to Hollywood producers at a script event, Lin, a pupil of Hong Kong’s Chinese International School, acted entrepreneurially to bring in talent and finance.
He brought on board Cantonese music star Alan Tam, who has signed on to the picture as an executive producer.
Lin also sought to raise capital for the project through crowd funding portal Kickstarter, where it is described as a comedy somewhere between “Superbad” and “Breakfast Club.” As of this weekend the project had attracted 251 backers, bringing in $236,000 of a $250,000 target.