After a decade of writing mostly teleplay scripts, Jon Bokenkamp's career is coming together this year.
Early in 2013, his feature "The Call," starring Halle Berry and directed by Brad Anderson, grossed more than $51 million. Then NBC picked up his pilot "The Blacklist," which stars James Spader as a bad guy who works with the good guys to capture even worse baddies. Joe Carnahan directs.
The Blacklist is a departure for the scripter whose credits, in addition to "The Call," include such thrillers with female leads as "Perfect Stranger" and "Taking Lives."
"I love some of the '70s thrillers," Bokenkamp says. "'Three Days of the Condor," which I saw just now. "Klute." I like the style: the paranoia, the twists and turns, the smart female leads. Most of the things I've worked on, I've attempted to do that."
But while he loves movies and has a few ideas for feature films and TV, Blacklist "has all my attention for the moment," he says.
The Nebraska native and USC alum divides his time between the Husker state and Southern California.
"My wife and I have a strange midwestern connection," Bokenkamp says. "It's very cool to live there (in Nebraska). And I love L.A. because of the creative energy."
-- Shalini Dore