Secret script tops scripter’s list
Screenwriter, actor, comedian and punch-up artist Ben Schwartz is poised to make a splash as a feature writer.
His project, often referred to as “Untitled Seth Rogen Project,” landed in the hands of director Adam McKay and producer Evan Goldberg, with Seth Rogen attached to star. It has thus far been kept under wraps, but Schwartz finally agrees to spill the beans. “All right, I’ll tell you: It’s about a group of people who invent an island theme park, where they try to bring dinosaurs back to life,” he says. “And we’re calling it ‘Dinosaur Park,’ and it stars Jeff Goldblum …”
“It’s funny, every script I’ve ever sold has this mystique to it, like, ‘plot under wraps,’ ” he says. “I once wrote a remake of ‘Soapdish’ as a telenovela, it’s like, ‘I think people can figure out the plot here.’ But this is truly the first project I’ve done where when they say ‘plot under wraps,’ I can see why.”
A longtime comic who still performs at UCB, Schwartz previously landed on the Black List with his screenplay “El Fuego Caliente,” and sold a pitch to Imagine back in 2011. He is writing his Rogen script while on breaks from Showtime’s “House of Lies,” and attributes his productivity to his parents.
“My parents always worked 24/7, so anytime I wasn’t working I would get a lot of anxiety,” he says. “Everyone else in the world works five days a week, so if I have the opportunitu to create something, I try to take it, regardless of my schedule at the time.”
— Andrew Barker
› Age: 33
› Rep: WME (Brian De
Persia); managers: Haven Entertainment (Jesse Hara and Rachel Miller); lawyer: Ginsburg Daniels (Lev Ginsburg)
› Inspirations: “The Simpsons,” Bill Watterson