Variety published a "10 Screenwriters To Watch" special section today. Two of them, Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen, you might already know about aside from Rogen's on-camera stardom in "Knocked Up," they're the folks behind this summer's "Superbad."
But when stories were being assigned, the most intriguing name for me was Danny Strong, whom I'm guessing a good number of you would recognize as Jonathan, one of the geekily nefarious Trio from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Strong has written what looks to be the definitive film version of the 2000 presidential election. I've read the first draft, and in contrast to most screenplays, it's a real page-turner. Here's my short profile on Strong:
Certainly, the controversial 2000 U.S. presidential election is ripe for film treatment.
And just as certainly, an actor best known as the ultimately villainous schoolmate of a vampire slayer named Buffy isn't anyone you'd expect to write it.
"It was kind of a miracle," says Strong. "No one expected me to set this up. I actually turned to my producer when we were in the lobby of HBO and said, 'I don't believe I am sitting here.'