My first gig as a writer was at a production office in Tribeca, called Michael Mailer Films. For about a year, all I did was read screenplay drafts, and then provide feedback leading to new iterations. It was pretty rad. Here are some of the films I did that for.
A thriller in which a battle of philosophies between a fundamentalist Christian and an atheist escalates into a lethal battle of wills. Ultimately, as a test of faith, or lack of it, the believer forces the non-believer onto the ledge of a tall building. He then has one hour to make a choice between his own life and someone else's. Without faith in an afterlife, will he be capable of such a sacrifice?
Produced by MICHAEL MAILER and MARK DAMON
Written and Directed by MATTHEW CHAPMAN
Starring LIV TYLER, PATRICK WILSON, CHARLIE HUNNAM and TERRENCE HOWARD
Blood and Bone
Set in Los Angeles, Isaiah Bone is an ex-cop that joins an urban underground fighting circuit as part of his plan to take revenge on a ruthless gang leader. Fallen into a world without rules, he makes his own.
Produced by NICK SEMUNEK, MATTHEW BINNS, MICHAEL MAILER
Written by MICHAEL ANDREWS
Directed by BEN RAMSEY
Starring MICHAEL JAI WHITE
A couple rents out a room to a mysterious young man, who may or may not be guilty of a series of grisly neighborhood murders. Set in Los Angeles with two converging plot lines: The first involves an uneasy relationship between a psychologically unstable landlady and her enigmatic lodger; the second is about a troubled detective engaged in a cat-and-mouse game with the elusive killer. A contemporary adaptation of the novel, “The Lodger”, by Marie Belloc Lowndes used also, for Alfred Hitchcock’s 1927 thriller.
Produced by MICHAEL MAILER
Written and Directed by DAVID ONDAATJE
Starring ALFRED MOLINA, HOPE DAVIS and SIMON BAKER
Distributed by Sony