“My agent calls me her creepy girl. I’m totally healthy, I swear. But a good plague just makes me happy. I like anything with zombies, vampires, apocalypses. … That’s my happy zone.”
So says Barbara Marshall, screenwriter for Lionsgate’s upcoming “The Exorcism Diaries,” quickly and effectively delineating her areas of expertise. An Austin, Texas, native, Marshall cut her teeth as a staff writer for NBC’s “Terra Nova.”
“After I saw ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ I just sort of freaked out, and I told my agent, ‘You have to get me into TV somehow,’ ” she says.
While writing for the Steven Spielberg-produced series, Marshall was cooking away on her 2012 Black List script “Peste,” which recently sold to IM Global. She also sold her TV pilot “Getaway Girls,” though she acknowledges the series is “pretty much dead now.” Watching a beloved project die in development is, of course, an occupational hazard in the screenwriting trade, and one for which Marshall has her own appropriately macabre metaphor.
“Things you write can become your babies, and you have to write them knowing that you might have to give away your baby to someone else, or that it might not even live to grow up,” she says. “But you do develop a really thick skin.” — Andrew Barker
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Inspirations: The Dardenne brothers, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Danny Boyle