Gustin Nash

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Gustin Nash’s life seems to be governed by a series of decisions inspired by showbiz.

” ‘Pulp Fiction’ was the movie that did it for me,” says Nash. “By the time I walked out of the theater I had pretty much made up my mind to go to USC film school.”

The next decision was made during his freshman year at USC, when he heard William Morris agent Alan Gasmer guest lecture about the supremacy of a good script. Nash decided that was the best advice he’d heard and that Gasmer should be his agent. Pretty soon Gasmer was his agent, but Nash still needed one more thing — a good script.

“When I graduated I got a crappy job at a camera store at the Burbank mall and decided I had to write 10 scripts to see if I was any good at this. When I finished the 10th, I decided it was the one to send out.”

As it turned out, the tenth was “Charlie Bartlett,” a dark comedy about teens experimenting with pharmacology, which got sent to producer David Permut as a writing sample.

Nash had chosen Permut –another one of his decisions –because Permut had the pic rights to C.D. Payne’s teen cult classic novel “Youth in Revolt,” Nash’s dream project.

“I wanted to make ‘Charlie Bartlett’ as soon as I read it,” says Permut. “The next day I had a meeting with Nash. I locked the door and laid my MasterCard on my desk and told him whatever it cost, I wanted to be in business with him.”

Nash told him to put away the credit card. What he wanted instead was “Youth in Revolt.” The scribe now has the pic set up at Lions Gate.

Also keeping Nash busy are: Universal’s untitled Friendster Project, described as “Love Actually” centered around Internet dating; the adaptation of graphic novel “Tommysaurus Rex” for U and Shady Acres; and a remake of “Three O’Clock High” at Focus.

Birthplace: Chapel Hill, N.C.
Inspirations: “I want a career that’s as prolific as Hitchcock’s and as precise and diverse as Kubrick’s.”
Favorite unproduced script: “Persona Non-Grata,” a father-son spy thriller
Agent: Alan Gasmer, William Morris Agency

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