Ian Simpson

Grand Prize Winner (2010)

Congratulations on recently being  signed by Paradigm agency! What projects have you been working on? What does the future hold? 

So, I have a spec that JUST hit the wide market. It’s called “One Free Crime” — it is being produced by Intrigue Entertainment. We (Paradigm/my manager Andrew Kersey/Intrigue) are still in that nail-biting-waiting stage to see what happens with it…It is an elevated thriller about a man on vacation with his wife and young daughter in exotic Barcelona. One morning, he awakens to find them missing without a trace. His worst fears realized, everything quickly unfolds into a single night of terror, as he is placed in the middle of something far greater than a simple kidnapping–and asked to do the unthinkable. 

One Free Crime was conceived with Producer Lucas Carter at Intrigue–though a ‘high-concept’ genre piece such as this is rather new territory for me as a writer, what appealed to both of us is the main character, this father/husband figure, who is not some superhero or bad-ass that has inexplicable and ‘convenient’ skills–he is a normal guy. But he is very intelligent, and what he doeshave is a brilliant analytical mind, and so the story is grounded in realism — in what a person in increasingly untenable situations might really do. His arc is truly fascinating as well. Even as the writer, when I have gone back and reread it, I’ve found different beats where I see tiny shifts in this man’s character, where he ever-so-slightly pivots, which all builds to this really intense conclusion that cements the title of the script…

In addition to this, I’m in the middle of a rights-deal to adapt this wonderful Spanish thriller that virtually no one stateside has heard of (I can’t disclose it just yet — check back in a few weeks — but it would be another great venture with the guys at Intrigue — and my first time in the Producer’s ‘chair’!).

I had a terrific time this June catching up with Gordy and co. in LA (we did a video interview then). Planning on being on the West Coast a bunch more in the near-future…

As always, much love to BlueCat, a family I am humbled to be a part of, and many thanks for all that you BlueCat-ers continue to do — I am a die-hard newsletter reader and website-checker to this day!

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